History | Conflict in Southern Africa
E533 | 13619 | Moorman
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-E 333
In 1960 a large number of African countries won their independence,
throwing off the shackles of European colonial rule. In the
southern African region the political situation ran in the opposite
direction. White minority rule became more entrenched (in Zimbabwe
and South Africa) as did the systems of racial segregation on which
they were based. Armed liberation struggles developed in response.
Wars for liberation from Portuguese colonialism broke out in Angola
and Mozambique in 1961. 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 and the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission that followed independence) 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, some in print and some digitized, as well an historical
For course description please see E333 (above). 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 professor.