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
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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.


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.

Severe Weather and Emergency Alert:

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