History | Conflict in Southern Africa
E533 | 3019 | Martin


Above section meets with HIST E333

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 two exams,
some short assignments that will provide the basis for discussion,
and two book reports.

Graduate students should attend the undergraduate class.  Additional
readings at the graduate level will also be part of the syllabus and
graduate students will meet with the professor several times during
the semester in a colloquium-type format to discuss the readings and
short writing assignments related to them.