Fall 2007

Topics in African History: Riot and Rebellion in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-50  |  History, as HIST-92


Sean Redding (Section 01)


(AF) (Also Black Studies 50.) This seminar will examine the development of several outbreaks of violence in Africa in the colonial and post-colonial periods. We will look at the economic, social, religious, and political roots of these disturbances, and we will discuss the problems historians face in trying to narrate and analyze these often chaotic events. The events studied will include the Bambatha or Zulu revolt in South Africa in 1907-08; the Maji Maji rebellion in German-controlled Tanganyika; Hutu extremism and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; the widespread revolt in the 1980s and 1990s in South Africa, and the rebel movement led by Alice Lakwena in northern Uganda beginning in the late 1980s. We will also discuss the legends that often develop in the aftermath of violence in the creation of historical narratives. One class meeting per week. Limited to 20 students. Admission with consent of the instructor. First semester. Professor Redding.