A History of Africa: From the late 19th Century Scramble to Decolonization

Vorlesung, SWS: 2, lecture number: 55500


Freitag, 12-14;


This course will be given by Dr. Constantin Katsakioris

This course will provide an overview of African history from the late 19th century scramble, whose landmark was the 1884-85 Berlin Conference, to decolonization after WW II. We will explain the characteristic features of modern imperialism, as compared to older forms of colonialism, and study how imperialism was played out in different African contexts: namely, its political, socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental effects. Along with the ideologies and workings of European power, we will examine the responses of African societies and of the African Diaspora. As for the post-1945 period, we will pay particular attention to (a) the decade of “developmental colonialism,” (b) the visions of reform and federalization of empires, (c) as well as to the liberation movements in Algeria, the Portuguese colonies, and elsewhere.

Given the current situation, this course will probably be given digitally. Please get in touch with the lecturer as soon as possible and, where applicable, register in E-Learning and CampusOnline.