HIS 382L • Africa: Imperialism & Natlism
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
The seminar will explore the major themes and controversies in the African experience of imperialism. The class will conclude with reflections on the postcolonial conditions, with considerable attention to postcolonial theories and their relevance to Africa. The aim is for students to be involved in the many interpretations that scholars have given to African societies during the colonial era. A number of key literature will be selected on the following major themes: 1) background to 19th century Africa before the colonial conquest; 2) the origins and capacities of European expansion; 3) African reactions and resistance to that expansion; 4) the politics and economics of colonialism; 5) the effects of the First and the Second World Wars on the colonial system; 6) nationalist movements and the drive to independence; and 7) the effects of colonialism on identity, philosophy and culture.