HISTORY 247 - Modern Africa
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

When and how did Africa and Africans become “modern”? This course will ask this question as it provides a basic survey of modern African history. Through lecture and discussion, it provides an introduction to major events, themes, and dilemmas in African history, from about 1850 to the present. It begins in the nineteenth century with the transition to “legitimate commerce” and particularly covers the colonial and the postcolonial periods. It will embrace material on the southern, central, eastern, and west African regions. It will especially look at the history of African cities; issues of class, gender, race, and African agency; and the effect of extractive economies on sub-Saharan Africa from the mineral revolution in South Africa in the 1880s to extractive economies today. The class will incorporate special primary sources that make history come alive. Notably, we will read and discuss a major African historical novel about living under French colonialism in West Africa; and have a special unit related to oil and the Niger Delta with a visiting activist-scholar team visiting for an unusual class session, wherein photographs are the primary sources (for further information see, http://curseoftheblackgoldbook.com/

There are three required texts available at Shaman Drum:

  • Bill Freund’s The African City: A History (Cambridge U Press)
  • Michael Watts (ed.) and Ed Kashi (photographer), Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, (special price at Shaman Drum only, $27).
  • Amadou Hampaté Bâ, The Fortunes of Wangrin (Indiana U Press).

Also required will be various texts available on C-Tools, notably sections of John Iliffe’s, Africans: The History of a Continent, new edition (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

If you have questions, email me at nrhunt@umich.edu

HISTORY 247 - Modern Africa
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12073
Open
14
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture when they elect a discussion.
002 (DIS)
P
18712
Open
4
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
18713
Closed
0
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
18714
Open
3
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
22928
Open
7
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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