LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE






Prof. David Campion





German General Lettow-Vorbeck surrenders to British forces at Mbala in 1918 © National Musueum of Tanzania

MAIN PAGE COURSE REQUIREMENTS EAST AFRICA IN FILM BOOK REVIEWS SUGGESTED READING

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

FALL 2016

Unit IPrecolonial East Africa and the Indian Ocean
Unit IIIslam, Culture and Commerce along the Swahili Coast
Unit IIIAfrica, Empire and Industry
Unit IVEarly European Exploration
Unit VThe "Scramble for Africa"
Unit VIColonial East Africa: The British Empire, Kenya and Uganda
Unit VIIColonial East Africa: Germany and Tanganyika
Unit VIIIThe Great War in East Africa, 1914-1919
Unit IXThe End of Empire and Decolonization
Unit XIndependence and Postcolonial East Africa
Unit XIMwalimu Nyerere's Vision and Legacy
Unit XIIPostcolonial Perspectives on African History and Culture
Unit XIIIContemporary East Africa



Unit I: Precolonial East Africa and the Indian Ocean

Topics:
East African geography; early migration and settlement; language, ethnicity, and religion

Reading:
Christopher Ehret, "Setting the Historical Stage" in An African Classical Age: Eastern and Southern Africa in World History, 1000 BC to AD 400 (Oxford: James Currey, 1998), 1-29.


NOTE: Both Book Reviews are due on the first day of program, August 30




Unit II: Islam, Culture and Commerce along the Swahili Coast

Topics:
Indian Ocean networks; Islam and Swahili; Zanzibar under the Omani Sultans; the slave trade

Reading:
Lawrence Mbogoni, "The Slave Trade and Slavery in Zanzibar: Opposing Views" in Aspects of Colonial Tanzania History (Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, 2012), pp. 165-188.

Site visits:
Stone Town, Sultan's Palace, and spice plantations, Zanzibar




Unit III: Africa, Empire and Industry

Topics:
Europe's industrial and technological revolutions, free trade, and the implications for Africa

Reading:
Daniel Headrick, "African Arms," "The Arms Gap and Colonial Confrontation," and "Malaria, Quinine, and the Penetration of Africa," in The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 1981), pp 58-79, 105-125.




Unit IV: Early European Exploration

Topics:
The Burton-Speke expeditions; geostrategic interests in East Africa; Christian missionaries and the anti-slavery crusade

Reading:
Frank McLynn, "Exploration and Imperialism" and "Psychology of the Explorers" in Hearts of Darkness, European Exploration of Africa (London: Hutchinson, 1992), pp. 303-318, 339-359.

Site visit:
Anglican Cathedral and Slave Market Memorial, Zanzibar




Unit V: The "Scramble for Africa"

Topics:
European imperial competition in Africa; dynamics of colonial rule in East Africa

Reading:
F.D. Lugard, The Rise of Our East African Empire (Edinburgh: Blackwood & Sons, 1893).
Joseph Chamberlain, "The True Conception of Empire" (1897) in Charles W. Boyd, ed., Mr. Chamberlain's Speeches, Vol. II (London: Constable & Co., 1914).
J.A. Hobson, Imperialism: A Study (London: Allen & Unwin, 1902).




Unit VI: Colonial East Africa: The British Empire, Kenya and Uganda

Topics:
British conquest and settlement, the Kenya-Uganda railway and Indian migration, relations with Africans

Reading:
Thomas Metcalf, "India in East Africa" in Imperial Connections: India in the India Ocean Arena, 1860-1920 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007), pp. 165-203.




Unit VII: Colonial East Africa: Germany and Tanganyika

Topics:
German conquest and settlement, the Maji Maji rebellion, relations with Africans

Reading:
John Iliffe, "German Conquest" in A Modern History of Tanganyika, (Cambridge University Press, 1979), pp. 88-122.




Unit VIII: The Great War in East Africa, 1914-1919

Topics:
British-German relations in East Africa; military campaigns; the Carrier Corps and Askaris; aftermath of the war and implications for colonial rule in East Africa

Reading:
John Iliffe, "Fortunes of War" in A Modern History of Tanganyika, pp. 240-272.

Site visit:
Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Moshi




Unit IX: The End of Empire and Decolonization

Topics:
The rise of Pan-African nationalism; the Second World War; the "Emergency" and Mau-Mau War in Kenya; settler societies and the retreat from empire

Reading:
Harold Macmillan, "The Wind of Change" 1960 (BBC Radio Archive).
UN Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, 1960, United Nations, General Assembly, Official Records, 15th Session, Supplement No. 16, 66-67.
Lawrence Mbogoni, "The trial of Oldus Elishira (1955): murder, politics and justice in late colonial Tanganyika" in Aspects of Colonial Tanzania History, pp. 57-78.




Unit X: Independence and Postcolonial East Africa

Topics:
Independence of Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda; the Zanzibar revolution; the Cold War in East Africa; postcolonial African hopes and challenges

Reading:
John Iliffe, "The Nationalist Victory, 1955-61," in A Modern History of Tanganyika, pp 521-552.




Unit XI: Mwalimu Nyerere's Vision and Legacy

Topics:
Julius Nyerere and African socialism in Tanzania

Reading:
Julius Nyerere, "Ujamaa: The Basis of African Socialism" in Uhuru na Umoja (Freedom and Unity): A Selection from Writings and Speeches, 1952-1965 (Dar es Salaam: Oxford University Press, 1966), pp. 162-171
Martin Meredith, "In Search of Ujamaa" in The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent since Independence (New York: Public Affairs, 2005), pp. 249-259.




Unit XII: Postcolonial Perspectives on African History and Culture

Topics:
Psychological and cultural legacies of colonialism; the rise of postcolonial African literature and arts

Reading:
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, "The Language of African Literature" in, Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (Nairobi: Heinemann Kenya, 1986), pp. 4-33.




Unit XIII: Contemporary East Africa

Topics:
Globalization and East Africa; development and tourism; contemporary politics and economics

Reading:
Jan Shetler, "The Creation of the Serengeti National Park" in Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2007), pp. 201-237.



FINAL EXAMINATION

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