History | South African History
E300 | 28982 | lichtenstein
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA's only
E300, South African history, asks students to examine a wide variety
of sources—histories, autobiography, original documents, websites,
films, images, music—to understand the major developments in South
African history since the 1820s and the intense social conflicts
that have repeatedly punctuated the region’s history. These include
the interactions between European settlers and long-established
African societies; the tensions between British and Dutch
colonialists that marked the nineteenth century and persisted into
the twentieth; the conflicts engendered as both African and European
societies moved across the region’s frontiers; the “mineral
revolution” of the 1880s and the development of South African
capitalism under the British Empire; the Anglo-Boer War(1899-1902)
and the subsequent national union; the development of modern
practices and ideologies of segregation and white supremacy; the
creation of the apartheid state in 1948, and its subsequent
consolidation; the long-term struggle of South Africa’s non-European
majority against this system; the many internal conflicts within the
black liberation struggle itself; and the eventual triumph of non-
racialism, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, in the 1990s.
Readings will include numerous short documents on line, as well as
the following texts: L. Thompson, "History of South Africa," N.
Mandela, "Long Walk to Freedom," S. Biko, "I Write What I Like," P.
Abrahams, "Mine Boy." There will be several short papers and a take-
home final exam.