Classes: 11 - 11:50 a.m. in BD-103
Imperialism in Theory and Practice, History 5660
Dr. Kenneth Wilburn
Office Hours (BA-318): MWF 8:15-9, 12-12:30 & by Appointment
Office Telephone: 252-328-1029
Academic Home Page: http://core.ecu.edu/hist/wilburnk/
Students in HIST 5660 will learn the subject matter of imperialism in theory and practice, as well as its nemesis, anti-imperialism. Selected readings from required books and articles
will introduce students to research methodology, principles, and concepts related to the creation and destruction of nineteenth and twentieth-century European empires, with emphasis on colonial and revolutionary
Africa. Furthermore, students will examine methods to heal the festering imperial and colonial legacies of the Atlantic slave trade. Finally, Pan-Africanism as a means to create an
anti-imperial world will be explored.
This graduate course combines book reviews (40%), a 20-page research paper using primary resources (40%), and seminar discussions based on assigned articles, books, and films (20%).
Students will take turns as discussion leaders.
Scott Cook, Colonial Encounters in the Age of High Imperialism (Harper Collins, 1996)
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Grove Press, 1963)
Manu Herbstein, Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade (ERead, 2000)
Stephen Howe, The New Imperial Histories Reader (Routledge, 2009)
Due Dates for Seminar and Writing Assignments:
- Week 1 (Aug. 24 - 26): Introductory Lectures
- Week 2 (Aug. 29 - Sept. 2): Lectures; read and discuss Tom Kemp's "The Marxist Theory of Imperialism;" list of research topics due
- Week 3 (Sept. 7 - 9): Lectures; read and discuss Ronald Robinson's "Non-European Foundations of European Imperialism: Sketch for a Theory of Collaboration"; decision
on research topic due with preliminary bibliography
- Week 4 (Sept. 12 - 16): Discuss the film, Aguirre Wrath of God; second draft bibliography due for research paper
- Week 5 (Sept. 19 - 23): Outline of research paper due with final bibliography; discussion of Ali Mazrui's article on reparations for the Atlantic Slave Trade
- Week 6 (Sept. 26 - 30): Discuss the film, The Middle Passage
- Week 7 (Oct. 3 - 7): 750-word book review and discussion of Manu Herbstein's Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade
- Week 8 (Oct. 12 - 14): Discuss the film, Zulu Dawn
- Week 9 (Oct. 17 - 21): 750-word book review and discussion of Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth; first draft of research papers due
- Week 10 (Oct 24 - 28): 750-word book review and discussion of Scott Cook's Colonial Encounters in the Age of High Imperialism
- Week 11 (Oct. 31 - Nov. 4): Discuss assigned readings from The New Imperial Histories Reader
- Week 12 (Nov. 7 - 11): Read Ronald Robinson's "Introduction" and "Conclusion" to Railway Imperialism and Kenneth Wilburn's "Engines of Empire and Independence: Railways in South Africa,
1863-1916"; research papers due
- Week 13 (Nov. 14 - Dec. 6): Discuss research papers
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Your classmates and I thank you in advance for your good manners and respectful commitment to intellectual engagement in HIST 5660.
Class Attendance Policy: Seven or more absences effect failure.
ECU seeks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students requesting accommodations
must first go to the Department of Disability Support Services, Slay 138; call 252-737-1016.
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First Online Edition: 14 August 1997
Last Revised: 26 September 2011