Modern African History

A color map of Africa made up of the superimposed shapes of other countries.

A map of Africa showing its size in comparison to that of various countries. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare based on a public domain image by Kai Krause.)



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Spring 2019



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This course surveys the history of 19th- and 20th-century Africa. It focuses on the European conquest of Africa and the dynamics of colonial rule, especially its socioeconomic and cultural consequences. It looks at how the rising tide of African nationalism, in the form of labor strikes and guerrilla wars, ushered out colonialism. It also examines the postcolonial states, focusing on the politics of development, recent civil wars in countries like Rwanda and Liberia, the AIDS epidemic, and the history of apartheid in South Africa up to 1994. Finally, it surveys the entrepreneurship in the post-colonial period and China's recent involvement in Africa.

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Kenda Mutongi. 21H.165 Modern African History. Spring 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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