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Salem, Oregon 97301
This course provides an introduction to African history since the early nineteenth century. Instead of presenting a comprehensive survey, covering every region of the continent, this course takes a topical approach by focusing on key themes and issues crucial to understanding of Modern Africa. Themes include sources of African history; power and identities in pre-colonial states; Africa's connection to regional and world economies; slavery and the slave trade; explorers, missionaries, settlers, and other cross-cultural encounters; European conquest and resistance; gender relations; Pan-Africanism, nationalism, and struggles for independence; the politics of development and post-colonialism; recent crises and contemporary African realities.