Syllabus
Imperialism in Theory and Practice, History 5660
Fall 2011
Dr. Kenneth Wilburn

Classes: 11 - 11:50 a.m. in BD-103
Office Hours (BA-318): MWF 8:15-9, 12-12:30 & by Appointment
Office Telephone: 252-328-1029
E-Mail: wilburnk@ecu.edu
Academic Home Page: http://core.ecu.edu/hist/wilburnk/



Course Goals:

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.


Course Requirements:

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.


Texts:

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:


Class Decorum:

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Class Attendance Policy:

Seven or more absences effect failure.



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First Online Edition: 14 August 1997
Last Revised: 26 September 2011