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Undergraduate Course: Asia and Africa 2b: Nationalisms, Liberation Movements and the Legacies of Colonialism, c. 1880-Present Day (HIST08029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course approaches the history of Asia and Africa since 1880 from a comparative thematic and interdisciplinary perspective, in order to establish similarities and differences between the different geographical regions surveyed, and to broaden students' view of what constitutes 'history' by introducing them to methodologies derived from anthropology, post-colonial studies, religious studies etc. It also encourages students to link their knowledge of European and British History with developments in the wider world.
Course description Between the end of the nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth century, the relations of Asia and Africa with the Western world changed fundamentally as the result of two world wars. Indigenous modernisation movements dealt with war, revolutions, and decolonization in different ways, which continue to be relevant to the current day. This course provides an introduction to the history of Asia and Africa since 1880, and complements Asia and Africa 2a: Societies, Cultures, and Empires, c.1600-1880, offered in the first semester. The course examines the economic, social and cultural changes undergone by societies in Asia and Africa, their multi-faceted interaction with European imperialism, and their involvement in the making of global processes.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level History course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course;
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
  5. Demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
1. Jean Allman, 'Between the present and history: African nationalism and decolonization', in John Parker and Richard Reid, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
2. Richard Baum, Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996).
3. Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj: South Asia since 1600 (London: Routledge, 2007).
4. William Beinart and Saul Dubow, Segregation and Apartheid in twentieth- century South Africa, London: Routledge, 1995: Introduction, 'The Historiography of Segregation and Apartheid', pp. 1-24.
5. Robert Bickers, Britain in China: Community, Culture and Colonialism, 1900-1949 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999).
6. Alistair Horne, A savage war of peace: Algeria, 1954-1962, (London: Papermac, 1996, revised and updated).
7. Saburo Ienaga,The Pacific War, 1931-1945: a Critical Perspective on Japan's Role in World War II (New York: Pantheon Books, 1978).
8. Tessa Morris-Suzuki, "Becoming Japanese: Imperial Expansion and Identity Crisis in the early Twentieth Century", in Sharon Minichiello (ed.), Japan's Competing Modernities (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1998).
9. Kenneth Pyle, The Making of Modern Japan (Lexington: D. C. Heath, 2nd ed., 1996).
10. Jonathan Spence, The Search for Modern China (New York: Norton, 2nd ed., 1999).
11. Richard Reid, History of Modern Africa, 1800 to the Present (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009).
12. Helen Tilley, Africa as a living laboratory: empire, development, and the politics of scientific knowledge, 1870-1950, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2011, Chapter 2.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus one 50 minute tutorial per week to be arranged
Course organiserDr Christopher Harding
Tel: (0131 6)50 9960
Course secretaryMiss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767
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