History | Conflict in Southern Africa
E333 | 6191 | Moorman

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In 1960 a large number of African countries won their independence,
throwing off the shackles of European colonial rule.  In the
southern African region quite a different trend was underway.  White
settler control was becoming more entrenched (in Zimbabwe and South
Africa) as were the systems of racial segregation on which they were
based.  Wars for liberation from Portuguese colonialism broke out in
Angola and Mozambique.  These struggles for and against continued
white domination in the region were also shaped by larger global
events and processes, in particular the Cold War.  In this course we
will look at the history of the region over the past three and a
half centuries (continuing up to South Africa’s first democratic
elections in 1994) with an emphasis on South Africa and its
influence in the region.  We will study the economic, social and
cultural histories of the region to help us think about questions
such as why was the independence of this region delayed?  What is
the relationship between colonialism and neocolonialism?  Between
colonialism and culture?  What has been the impact of racialized
rule?  We will read a variety of primary and secondary materials as
well as two novels by African writers (Pepetela’s "Yaka" and Tsitsi
Dangarembga’s "Nervous Conditions").