[HIST 250] Modern African History
This class provides a broad overview of modern sub-Saharan African history, with a focus on the 19h and 20th centuries. We will discuss the social and political structures of African societies before their first contact with Europeans, the impact of the slave trade on West Africa, the interactions between 19th-century European explorers and missionaries with African populations, the experience of formal colonial rule between the late 19th and the mid-20th century, and the failures and successes of post-colonial African countries. By introducing students to the complex and varied histories of a wide range of African societies and cultures, the course aims to challenge traditional Western views of Africa as a uniform, primitive, and timeless continent. Open to first-year students.
Modern African History