HIST650 - TOPICS IN AFRICAN HIST: AFRICA AT A CROSSROAD

Description: 
How did Pan-African, Pan-Arab, and non-aligned movements affect the political choices and strategies of African leaders? In what ways did movements against white minority rule in Zimbabwe and South Africa differ? What caused the politicization of ethnicity in many African countries? What were the implications of structural adjustment and multi-party democracy on African countries in the 1980s and 1990s? These are some of the many questions that we will ask in "Africa at a Crossroads: 50 Years of Independence." In this course, students will study the history of decolonization, independence, and Pan-African movements in Sub-Saharan Africa and their implications in light of recent current events. Among many topics, we will examine: the rise of anti-colonial movements after World War II; decolonization in the 1960s; the rise of one-party states; the "late" decolonization of Portuguese and southern Africa; the transition towards multi-party democracy; the implications of neo-liberalism; the causes and consequences of political ethnicity; and the rise of trans-national religious movements. We will study a diverse array of case studies from different countries on the continent, including Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Somalia, and Rwanda. Students will be expected to do an independent research project on a case-study of their choice that intersects with the major themes of the course.
Instructors: 
WEITZBERG, KEREN
Day and Time: 
W 0500PM-0800PM
Room: 
FISHER-BENNETT HALL 20
Activity: 
SEM
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