Black Europe: From Origins to the Present-day

History 103B.004

Fall 2007
Instructor (text): 
202 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
Wed 12-2

Many have traditionally viewed Europe as the great white continent, yet in recent years a number of scholars have begun to consider the role played by blacks in European history. This course will provide an overview of that historiography. Starting with ancient Greece, we will move through the Renaissance and the era of trans-Atlantic slavery to the modern era, devoting the last few weeks of the course to the study of blacks in Europe since the second world war. Although our focus will be on those of African descent, we will consider the many different ways in Europeans conceptualized black identity. An in-class oral presentation and a research paper will constitute the primary requirements for the class.