History | Twentieth Century Africa
H695 | 14815 | Hanson


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-H795

This course focuses on developments in twentieth century Africa,
especially transformations associated with European colonial rule
and its aftermath. Major sub-themes include: colonial institutions
and African intermediaries, abolition of slavery, construction of
ethnicities, urbanization, religious and cultural transformations,
nationalist movements, and other topics. The aim is to read widely
in the historical literature on twentieth century Africa.

Participants are expected to discuss common readings with insight
and vigor. They also must complete several short written and oral
assignments. Most assignments are commentaries on the readings: they
should identify key conceptual issues and discuss illustrative
examples. The final written project can be an essay on a topic
related to one’s dissertation research, an annotated bibliography
with a course syllabus, or another relevant project selected in
consultation with the instructor.

This course meets simultaneously with HIST H795, a research seminar
focusing on Africa in the twentieth century. H795 students will
participate in discussions and make presentations based on their
research projects.