History | Africa Since the 1800's: Conquest, Cooperation, and Cultural Change
E332 | 15570 | Moyd


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

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
explores Africa’s historical ties to the rest of the world, and ends
by carefully considering the legacies of colonialism for independent
Africa, and the implications of these legacies for Africa and
Africans in the 21st century. This course provides students with
some of the basic tools they need to understand Africa in the world
today, including developing the ability to critically analyze and
interpret primary and secondary historical sources. Through short
writing exercises, this course will also help students hone their
written communication skills. The course has no prerequisites, so it
is open to any student with good reading and study skills who also
hopes to gain a fuller understanding of Africa’s rich history.