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Lecture and Seminar Programme

Lectures and seminars are held weekly, apart from in Reading Weeks. Details of the lecture time and location and of your seminar time and location can be found on Tabula.






Term 1 1

Chronology and Themes

Writing African History


Slavery and Slaving in Africa

Wealth in Women

State, Society and Trade in C19th East Africa

Authority and Identity in East Africa

Jihad in the West African Savannah

Revolutions in West Africa

Social and Political Change in C19th Southern Africa

The Mfecane Debate
6 Reading week
7 From Slavery to ‘Legitimate Commerce’ in West Africa
Palm Oil and Peanuts
8 The 'Scramble' for Africa Resisting Colonialism
9 The Colonial State and Ethnicity The 'Invention' of Ethnicity

Colonialism and the 'Civilising Mission'

Christian Missions

Christmas Vacation
Term 2 1 Peasants or Proletarians? 1890s-1940s City Life
2 The New Colonialism, 1945-1960 Gender and Colonialism

The Rise of African Nationalism, 1940s-1960s

Nationalism and Liberation

4 South Africa, 1890-1960

Afrikanerdom and Segregation


Politics and Parties after Independence, 1957-1975

African Socialism

6 Reading week
7 Soldiers and the State, 1960-1980 Military Coups
8 The ANC and the End of Apartheid, 1960-1994 The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

From Debt to Democratization, 1980-2000

10 Film Screening and Discussion
Easter Vacation
Term 3 1 Rwanda and the Great Congo War, 1994-2004 The Rwandan Genocide
2 Africa Since 1994 Africa and the World Since 1994
3 No lecture No seminar
4 No lecture No seminar