History | Conquest, Cooperation, and Cultural Change: Africa Since the 1800's
E332 | 26664 | Moyd


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit

During the 19th and 20th centuries, African peoples experienced
profound changes of many kinds. Military conquests, intensifying
interregional and global economic connections, and the spread of
Christianity and Islam to new parts of the continent, all helped
shape and reshape African social and economic relationships. This
course examines the history of the diverse encounters that occurred
between Africans, Europeans, and others since 1800, emphasizing the
ways that African peoples engaged, interpreted, took advantage of,
and rejected various cultural inputs and incursions. The course
analyzes Africa’s ties to the rest of the world, and provides
students with some of the basic tools they need to understand Africa
in the world today. We will end the course by carefully considering
the legacies of colonialism for independent Africa, and the
implications of these legacies for Africa and Africans in the 21st
century.

Course requirements include active class participation and
attendance, quizzes, several short essays, and a longer paper at the
end of the term. In addition, students should come to class prepared
to discuss and write about the readings during the class sessions
for which they are assigned.