The following topics will be considered: what is at stake in the study of contemporary African history; useful sources: nature, relevance, limitations; urbanization; trade and cultural influence; discoveries and exploration of Africa by Europeans; slave trade; pre-colonial states: (e.g. Ghana, Mali, Macina, Kongo, Rwanda); the partition of Africa. Colonial states; decolonization; some modern states; Africa in the world (e.g.Rastafarism, Malcolm X and the Black Panters, Panafricanism, Afro-pessimism)
To provide an overview of African history, from North to South. Periods and processes for which different types of sources could be used will be emphasized. The main goal is to show the richeness and the diversity of African history and how it sheds light on contemporary African realities and on Africa’s relationships with other continents.
Lecture with PowerPoint, movies: for example: "Mobutu, king of Zaire"