History | Conflict in Southern Africa
E533 | 25835 | Moorman

Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-E333

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 neo-colonialism?
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.  The class will be a combination of
lectures and activities (discussions, debates) in which students
will have the opportunity to analyze primary and secondary documents
and refine their ability to articulate themselves both orally and in
writing.  You will be asked to sharpen your analytical and critical
abilities in your response to readings, class activities and audio-
visual materials. Course work includes a map quiz, a mid-term and
final, and short written responses to focus questions on the

**Graduate students should attend the undergraduate class.  This
course will include additional readings (and related short writing
assignments) to be discussed in a colloquium-style format with the