HIS 388K • COLONL SITUATN ALGERIA/BEYOND
This seminar will engage the problem of understanding the "colonial situation" in the French colonies. Political exclusion, social inequalities, and a steep cultural divide typically mark this situation, and at its heart is the question of power and its distribution in society. It is a field that encompasses many different actors: the colonized and the colonizer of course but also those who cross the this divide for their own individual ends, or those who serve the diverse social constellations that emerge out of colonial rule. To understanding this situation, we will engage authors who have made a cautious retreat from macrostructural explanations of colonialism, and we will turn an attentive eye to the local, the everyday, and microhistory to seek the otherwise hidden plots of French colonialism, plots marked by displacement and the echoes of other dramas.
Grading: Final Paper 65% Participation 35% Plus/Minus grading will be used for all grading in this course. The grade scale is as follows: 100-93% = A; 92-90% = A- ; 89-87% = B+ ; 86-83% = B ; 82-80% = B- ; 79-77% = C+ ; 76-73% = C ; 72-70% = C- ; 69-67% = D+ ; 66-63% = D ; 62-60% = D- ; below 60% = F.
Readings: 1. Benjamin Claude Brower, A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902 (Columbia University Press, 2009), 0231154925 2. Julia A. Clancy-Smith, Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904), 0520212169 3. J. P. Daughton, An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2008), 0195374010 4. Gregory Mann, Native Sons: West African Veterans and France in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2006), 0822337681 5. Eric Jennings, Curing the Colonizers: Hydrotherapy, Climatology, and French Colonial Spas (Duke University Press, 2006), 082233822X 6. Martin Klein, Slavery and Colonial Rule in French West Africa (Cambridge University Press, 1998), 0521596785 7. David Prochaska, Making Algeria French: Colonialism in Bône, 1870-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2004), 0521531284 8. David Robinson, Paths Of Accommodation: Muslim Societies & French Colonial Authorities (Ohio University Press, 2000), 0821413546 9. Abdelmalek Sayad, The Suffering of the Immigrant (Polity, 2004), 0745626432 10. Joan Scott, The Politics of the Veil (Princeton University Press, 2007), 0691125430