Course description

Understanding Africa as it exists today requires an understanding of the broader historical trends that have dominated the continent's past. This course provides a historical context for understanding issues and problems as they exist in contemporary Africa. It offers an integrated interpretation of sub-Saharan African history from the middle of the nineteenth century and the dawn of formal colonial rule through the period of independence until the present time. Particular emphasis is given to the continent's major historical themes during this period. Selected case studies are offered from throughout the continent to provide illustrative examples of the historical trends.


  • Professor of History and Visiting Professor of Business Management, HBS Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Extension School

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