Accueil > Introduction to African History since 1800


Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will introduce you to the history of Africa south of the Sahara, from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. It will help you to understand the role of Africans in modern history, including the slave-trade, industrial capitalism, colonialism, neoliberalism, and the revival of Christianity and Islam. The first part focuses on the nineteenth century, and the economic and social reconversion of African polities after the abolition of the slave-trade. The second part discusses the European conquest and the colonial era, including the struggles for independence and freedom. The last part brings the course to the present time, reviewing some of Africa's major challenges and hopes today. Besides social and political issues, we will challenge popular misunderstandings about environmental control and pandemics in Africa; explore the reasons why foreigners keep investing in Africa, and explore the relation between development and hyper-debt.


BERNAULT, Florence (Professeur des universités)

Pedagogical format


Course validation



• Approx. 2 hours to do the reading, to read notes and review the PPT, and to prepare the weekly questions

Required reading

  • Cooper, Frederick. Africa since 1940. The Past of the Present, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002
  • Des Forges, Alison. "Leave None to Tell the Story": Genocide in Rwanda. New York, Paris: Human Rights Watch; International Federation of Human Rights, 1999
  • Ellis, Stephen, and Gerrie Ter Haar. Worlds of Power: Religious Thought and Political Practice in Africa, New York: Oxford University Press, 2004
  • Fanon, Franz. The Wretched of the Earth (1963: Présence africaine), New York: Grove Press, 2004
  • Nolen, Stephanie. 28 Stories of Aids in Africa, New York: Walker & Co., 2007