HIST 266 - African History from 1800
(HUMD, GEIR, GEEL, GCP)
One of two related courses (with HIST 265 ), which may be taken in either order. This course examines African history from 1800 to the present. It also includes studies of African societies in the first half of the 19th century; the impact of “New Imperialism” and the scramble for Africa by Europeans at the end of the century; colonial states and societies; African nationalist and independent movements; the impact of decolonization; and Africa in the modern world. Additional case studies focus on individual areas such as South Africa and Nigeria. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 , READ 120 . Three hours each week.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Trace the rise and fall of the Transatlantic Slave trade and its effects on the Americas and on Europe.
- Explain the causes of European imperialism and the “Scramble” for Africa.
- Compare and contrast the various European colonial systems and their effects on traditional social, economic, and cultural life.
- Compare and contrast the effects of the two World Wars and trace the rise of movements for independence.
- Demonstrate understanding of the first phase of decolonization, from the 1960s to the 1980s, when the focus was on the achievement of political independence.
- Demonstrate understanding of the second phase of decolonization, from the 1980s to the present, when new issues arose, including problems of economic development and human rights, and movements for democratic reform.
- Analyze continuing efforts to remove postcolonial dependencies and survey the cultural and intellectual life of contemporary Africa.
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