Hist 130 20th Century Africa 1

Hist 130 20th Century Africa 1 - Week 1 Orientation August...

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Week 1 Orientation – August 23, 11 Question - What is "modern" about modern African history? For that matter, what does it mean to be "modern?" Economic measures - technology, industrialization, development, infrastructure Political measures - nation-state autonomy/sovereignty, individual political rights, public welfare system, tax systems Cultural measures - dress/fashion/architecture/aesthetics, entertainment/manners/gender expression/sexuality Measures that contrast: what is tradition? Is there one way of being modern? Is Euro-centrism a problem? Question: what is “African” about African history? Think about Africa in more specific ways – certain regions, communities, and events Can’t homogenize this continent, because it’s a big place – diverse Refugee crisis in Kenya at the moment Zimbomwae was a settler country – a lot of whites Inflation is ridiculous there – the value of their dollar is decreasing More recent image of Africa – celebrity image Ad campaigns have good intentions but have misleading representations of what it means to be African There are large cities in Africa – not completely rural Cities such as Cairo, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cape Town (1652 – 43 years after the founding of Jamestown)
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Rise of black middle class in South Africa Increasing American engagement with the continent Deep history – since the Slave Trade Tremendous amounts of oil off the coast Embassy bombings in east Africa – Terror attacks didn’t start on 9/11 Independence of South Sudan – July 2011 Question: What is “history” in Africa? Economic history – Africa’s place in the world economy, economic transformations over time Political history – European imperialism, anti-colonial struggles, political independence, post-colonial ethnic conflict Social/cultural history – changes in everyday life Global history – against euro-centrism, exploring transnational and inter-regional connections, understanding how experiences in African force us to reconsider the
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