Comparative Colonialism: Africa and Asia in the Twentieth Century

History 103U.002

Spring 2010
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Wed 10-12
Instructor: Zimmerman

During the twentieth century the nature of colonialism evolved in order to respond to economic, political, and social processes originating African and Asia, as well as Europe. This course, through weekly readings and discussions intends to chronologically and thematically analyze what colonialism was, how it varied according to location, theory, and practice, as well as appraise its legacy in the post-colonial world. Weekly readings will include both theory and secondary literature that will explore debates central to histories of modern Asia, Africa, and European Empire. The objective of this course is not to locate one definition of colonialism, but instead to understand its intents, results, limitations, and manifestations. Ultimately, I hope that each student will walk away from the course understanding that colonialism was not a monolithic force emanating from a single direction, and that it manifested and operated through many locations and actors throughout empire.