HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Section: 002 The End of Empires: Decolonization After World War II
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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This class will provide an opportunity for history majors to complete a capstone research project in the context of an advanced seminar on the rapid demise of European empires after World War II. Our collective readings and discussions will discuss the broad history of decolonization in many parts of the world, but we will focus on specific cases from the British and French empires in Africa and Asia. We will also pay attention to to the extent to which the end of Europe’s empires was related to the politics of the Cold War. We will conclude our discussion by looking at the legacy of colonialism and decolonization in contemporary Europe and in former colonies.

The primary course goal is to improve your writing. This will be accomplished through the completion of a substantial research project related to the theme of the course.
Possible areas of research for student projects include (but are not limited to) the following:
--The origins of anti-colonial nationalism in specific colonies (may begin before 1945)
--Colonial states and their reactions to movements for independence
--The effects of World War II on specific European colonies: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Indochina
--Colonial troops in France or Britain during World War 2
--Attempts to reform the colonial system in the aftermath of World War II in Algeria
--Movements for national independence
--The role of the United States or the Soviet Union in anti-colonial struggles
--Labor migration from colonies and former colonies to Europe in the 20th Century
--Race and the French Republic across the period of decolonization
--Race and multiculturalism in Britain during the post-colonial decades
--Global culture and French culture during the period of decolonization (music, literature, the arts)
--Social and political violence in struggles over national independence and decolonization

HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
15LSA Jr>
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: All sections of 496: These courses fulfill the colloquium requirement for History Majors, and seats may be restricted. Students missing the first class may be dropped for non-attendance. Students interested in a particular section or students earning their teaching certificate should contact Sheila (sheilaw@umich.edu) for seat availability.
002 (SEM)
14LSA Jr>
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
8LSA Jr>
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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