Spring 2019

Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-221  |  History, as HIST-181

Formerly listed as: BLST-47  |  HIST-22

Faculty

Sean Redding (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as HIST 181 [AF/TE] and BLST 221 [A]) Africa is a continent of fifty-four countries, but in many people’s minds the continent’s name conjures up a host of stereotyped images—some positive and many negative—that misrepresent the continent as an undifferentiated whole. The primary goal of this course is to address the images of Africa by putting the continent’s contemporary situation into historical perspective from the late nineteenth century until the present day. The main themes will be the social, political and economic impacts of imperial policies on African societies, the constructions and alterations of “tribal” identities and nationalist politics, issues concerning medicine and public health, the development of “gatekeeper” states, and problems faced by post-colonial states. We will explore the variety of experiences as people from multiple societies have often innovated new cultural forms in the wake of colonial rule, and the advent of “resource conflicts,” particularly those involving petroleum, diamonds, and other minerals. Three class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Redding.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to First-Year students, then to History majors, then to Black Studies majors

HIST 181 - L/D

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM CHAP 203
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM CHAP 203
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM CHAP 203

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Africa and the West: A Documentary History: Volume 2 (2nd ed) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010 Worger, William, Nancy Clark and Edward Alpers, eds. Amherst Books TBD
AFRICA AND THE WEST: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, VOL. II Oxford UP Hatzfeld, Jean Amherst Books TBD
THE INVISIBLE CURE Picador Epstein, Helen Amherst Books TBD
AFRICA'S ODIOUS DEBTS Zed Books Ndikumana, Leonce Boyce, James Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.

Offerings

2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022