Formerly listed as: BLST-47 | HIST-22
Sean Redding (Section 01)
(Offered as HIST 181 [AF/TE/TR] and BLST 121 [A]) Africa is a continent of fifty-four countries, but in many people's minds, the continent's name conjures up a host of stereotypes—some positive and some negative—that misrepresent the continent as an undifferentiated whole. This course's primary goal is to introduce students to the historical evidence and scholarly conversations about Africa’s pasts from the 1870s to the present. The main themes will be the social, political, and economic impacts of imperial policies on African societies, and the long afterlife of these impacts. We will discuss the construction and alterations of “tribal” identities and nationalist politics, the problems caused by colonial labor policies and the denial of civil rights to Africans, the reconstruction of gender identities and roles, and the emergence of various forms of protest politics in both the colonial and post-colonial periods. Requirements include active participation in class and multiple graded and ungraded written assignments. Two 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
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
|Life Laid Bare: the Survivors in Rwanda Speak||Other Press, 2006||Hatzfeld, Jean||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic||Zed Books 2016||Richards, Paul||Amherst Books||TBD|
These books are available locally at Amherst Books.