Conflict and Compromise A History of South Africa (HIST 487.3)

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South African history is one of conflict and compromise; change and continuity. While the course will focus on the Twentieth Century, we begin with the origins of humankind in the ?Cradle of Civilization?, through the colonial, apartheid and post-apartheid era. Throughout the course we will focus on the way the past shapes the present. Much of South Africa?s history was shaped by its specific form of industrialization growing out of the discovery of gold and diamonds. This increased colonial interest in Southern Africa and in turn spurred African resistance. In this vein we will study anti-colonial struggles, the formation of the ANC, Nelson Mandela?s famous, ?Statement from the Dock? in 1964, the Soweto Uprising of 1976 and the unprecedented peaceful transition to democracy. Our course ends looking at the legacy of Apartheid: lingering poverty, HIV/AIDS and reconciliation.


3 credit units HIST at the 300-level, or permission of the instructor.


Post-1815; Other Regions. Students who successfully completed HIST 399.6 or 499.6 South Africa Taught Abroad may not take this course for credit.

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