History | War, Peace, Other in African History
H695 | 9007 | Moyd


Above class open to graduates only
A portion of the above class reserved for majors

This readings course will explore how historians and others have
written about war and peace in African history. Although war often
operates in the background of Africanist historiography, rarely has
it been foregrounded as a subject of historical research. Using a
variety of lenses, including gender, militarization, development,
nationalism, and economics, we will consider the state of knowledge
about Africa’s history of war, peace, and the continuum of
conditions that falls in between. In addition to discussing
Africanist perspectives on these questions, we will read some
materials produced by scholars in fields like conflict studies,
peace studies, gender studies, and military history, which frame
analysis of war and peace more generally. What modes of thinking,
researching, and writing have scholars used to address various forms
of violence, responses to violence, and aftermaths to violence in
African history? What can Africanist historians learn from other
disciplinary approaches to studying violent conflict, peace, and the
effects of both on African peoples? What can historians contribute
to social science and development community specialists’ treatments
of these subjects?

This course is designed for history and African Studies graduate
students who want to become familiar with scholarly literature on
the history of war and peace in Africa and the historiography that
has shaped it. There are no prerequisites for the course. Students
will be evaluated through a combination of short readings-based
responses, presentations, and a final paper.