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HST 096 – Colonialism and Africa

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Section Description: By 1903 almost the entire African continent had been conquered and occupied by European colonial powers. These powers, whether Belgian, British, French or Portuguese, then sought to both govern their new African colonies and extract wealth from African households and societies. None of these changes were without contradiction or uncontested. Africans resisted and engaged with these colonial states in a variety of ways. This course explores the imposition, consolidation and expansion of colonial on Africa. We will examine not just the impact of new economies, social changes, and politics, but will treat this as a process, and seek to understand how Africans understood, were exploited by, and even took advantage of these transformations. After a brief introduction to Africa in the nineteenth century, we will examine the nature and development of European expansion in Africa as well as African responses to European imperialism and conquest. We will then focus on the development and nature of the colonial state and economy in Africa. Specifically, we will examine the ecological and demographic consequences of colonialism, the nature of authority in indigenous polities and methods of colonial rule, women and gender in colonial Africa, labor, cash cropping and migration, the historical construction of ethnicity and “tribalism,” and the character and forces at work behind African nationalism and independence movements. Finally, we will briefly examine the period after independence was secured by African nations and nationalists, in order to understand the long-term impact of colonial rule. Please note: students may not receive credit for both HST 041 and HST 096.

CRN: 14857

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 53/105

Days Time Location
MWF 13:10 - 14:00 LAFAYETTE HALL L207

Instructor(s): Sean Arnold Stilwell

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020