Spring 2008

Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-47  |  History, as HIST-22


Sean Redding (Section 01)


(AF) (Also Black Studies 47.) This is a history of Africa from the late nineteenth century to the present day. In the first half of the course, we will study the imperial scramble to colonize Africa, the integration of African societies into the world economy, the social and medical impact of imperial policies, and the nationalist struggles that resulted in the independent African states. We will also examine the divisiveness of ethnicity in post-colonial states. In the final half of the course, we will investigate three cases: Congo-Zaire-Democratic Republic of Congo and the state as a source of chaos; the cultural and political dynamics of racial and individual identity in Botswana; and the historical background of the recent troubles and land-seizures in Zimbabwe. Three class meetings per week. Second semester. Professor Redding.