History 312 (201) Southern Africa
The upheavals of southern Africa over the last century or so have resonated throughout the world. The nature of colonial conquest and empire building, Zulu resistance, the stunning growth of the Witwatersrand mining and industrial complex, the struggle against apartheid, the Mandela effect...all have made the subcontinent something of an archetype for understanding themes of racialized exploitation and challenges to it. This course is unabashedly a course about politics, with a focus on the politics of race. And yet, we examine the many different ways that “politics” can be understood.