History | Conflict in Southern Africa
E333 | 2846 | Martin

Above section carries culture studies credit
Above section open to undergraduates only

The first democratic elections were held in South Africa in 1994,
thus ending an era of white domination and African resistance. South
Africa and its regional neighbors - Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe,
Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland - are still grappling with the
economic and social scars of the colonial past, although there is
also cause for optimism. In this course, we will consider the
history of the region over the past three and a half centuries with
particular emphasis on South Africa and its regional influence. We
will consider the economic, social, and cultural history of African
societies, their relations with each other, the culture and policies
of white settlers, the impact of industrialization and urbanization,
the liberation struggle, and attempts at national reconciliation
over the last few years. We shall also consider how the present has
influenced the writing and rewriting of the past. Readings will
include perspectives from various viewpoints. There will be three
exams, some short assignments, and an eight-page term paper.