Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

History 280H

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
Th 200-400

This introductory seminar investigates major themes and historiographic debates of African history from about 1800 to the end of the twentieth century. It begins with an exploration of the making and transformation of 19th century communities. Some of the topics in this section include processes of political formation and administration; social-cultural organization; production, commerce and accumulation; Western exploration, conquest and the missionary factor. Regarding the colonial encounter and its aftermath, topics will include a re-evaluation of colonial systems of administration; reflections on African intermediaries; colonialism and multiracial subjectivities; idioms of health, disease and colonial medicine; gender, religion, education and notions of respectability; land, migrant labor and colonial economies; contested nationalism and decolonization; ethnicity, religion and the makings of genocide; nation states, civil wars and democratic crises.

Course Books

Rwanda Before the Genocide by Carney, J. J. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199982271 Required
Congo: The Epic History of a People by Van Reybrouck, David Ecco. ISBN: 978-0062200129 Required
Mobilizing Zanzibari Women by Decker, Corrie Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1137465290 Required
Portrait of an African Village by White, Landeg Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521389099 Required
Citizenship Between Empire and Nation by Cooper, Frederick Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691161310 Required
Violent Intermediaries by Moyd, Michelle Ohio University Press. ISBN: 978-0821420898 Required
The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra by Nwokeji, Ugo G Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107662209 Required
Colonialism by Proxy by Ochonu, Moses Indiana University Press. ISBN: 978-0253011619 Required
Unreasonable Histories by Lee, Christopher J Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822357254 Required
Black Death, White Medicine by Echenberg, Myron Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107662209 Required
Cotton is the Mother of Poverty by Isaacman Allen Heinemann. ISBN: 978-0435089788 Required