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Africa in the Modern World

Image of a satellite photo of the African continent

With a youthful population of well over a billion, the future is said to be African. But how has the continent fared so far? This course is a thematic survey of African history in the modern world. It will introduce students to the general contours of the continent’s history in a global context. It will explore home-grown intellectual, technological and sociopolitical advances before contact with the West. Following contact, it will touch on the slave trade, colonial rivalry and misrule, African independence, and post-independence challenges and opportunities.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.