History | Reflections of the Past in the Present: Africa to the 1800's
E531 | 10012 | Moyd


Above class open to Graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-E331

How can Africaís pre-colonial past help us understand African
politics, cultures, and societies today? To answer this question,
this course connects historical examples taken from Africaís pre-
19th century past to current controversies and debates over African
identities. For example, how can we understand recent conflict in
Sudan as a product of the regionís more distant past? What are the
roots of African Christianities? What has it meant in the past to be
a Hutu or a Tutsi, and what does it mean now? Using examples drawn
from different times and places in Africaís history, this course
introduces students to the diversity of the continentís peoples and
geographies, the dynamics behind African social and political
upheavals, and the ways Africans have organized their lives and
communities. One of the courseís primary goals is to examine the
many ways that Africa has been connected to other parts of the world
from the earliest times. The course also draws attention to the
challenges of writing African history, highlighting the creativity
and contemporary concerns involved in thinking about the past.