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Africa in the Modern World

Image of a satellite photo of the African continent

A course of this nature is faced with practical, theoretical, and historiographical challenges associated with aiming to cover the history of the second biggest continent over hundreds of years. Such a course can also convey a problematic impression that the ‘history of Africa’ is so limited, sketchy, and marginal that it can be adequately crammed into a single course. Furthermore, the term ‘modern’ itself does not have a determinate temporal boundary. Keeping all of these considerations in mind, the aim of this course is to introduce students to a selection of salient themes in African history in what is loosely termed the ‘modern’ period. This course draws on concepts and historiographical insights from transnational and global histories and locates the history of Africa in its broader global historical context. Another important goal of this course is provide curriculum that is decolonizing, s by decentering Eurocentric historiographical traditions and analytical categories, and instead centering African historians, methods, and interpretations.

This course is offered through Arts and Science Online.

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.