HIST 204
Anti-Colonialism & Social Movements in Africa Since World War II Spring 2019
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
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This discussion-based survey introduces the major struggles for political and social change in sub-Saharan Africa since the end of the Second World War. We begin by looking at the anti-colonial and nationalist movements that flourished after the war and eventually brought about an end to formal colonial rule across the continent. Decolonization took place over many decades, and intertwined with this history, we look at artistic and popular struggles that sought to change the practices of independent governments in Africa, as well as confront intervening forces–from the World Bank to regional militias. The course examines contemporary movements for democratic rights, access to health and environmental resources, and freedom of gender expression and sexual practice. We will focus on how the movements were organized, including those led by trade unions, women’s organizations, and student associations, but also those that have not been by led by formal organizations
The Class: Format: discussion/lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3974
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: discussion participation, exams & short papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History Majors, as well as Africana Studies, Global Studies, and Leadership Studies Concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: DPE: This class focuses on how people in sub-Saharan Africa sought to address issues of power, difference, & equity in their societies through activity & organizing. Discussions focus on how inequality was structured by colonialism and differences of power that have existed within African societies & African social movements. The class will prepare students to understand their own relationship to injustices in Africa and differences between international intervention & international solidarity.
Attributes: HIST Group A Electives - Africa

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