Fall 2007

African Environmental History

Listed in: History, as HIST-65


Jill R. Payne (Section 01)


This course considers human interaction with the African environment between c.1800 and the present. The first section of the course will explore similarities and differences in the perspectives of pre-industrial and industrial societies towards the land. To what degree did African societies manipulate their environment? Did colonizing Europeans alter the relationship between people and the 'natural' world? These issues will be considered in terms of resource use, with an emphasis on hunting and wildlife, agriculture and forestry, and energy and water. Continuing the theme of resource use, the second half of the course will examine the complexities of post-colonial environmental change through closer analysis of the impact of oil extraction in Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria. First semester. Visiting Professor Payne.