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Undergraduate Course: Tanzania in the World: A History of Connection and Disconnection, c. 1830-2009 (HIST10456)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe ambition of this course is to provide a new perspective on the history of Tanzania, with Tanzania conceptualised as a geographical space encompassing both mainland Tanzania and the islands of Zanzibar. Histories of Tanzania once focused on the emergence of a nation-state; more recently, historians have adopted a global history perspective which emphasises connection. This course instead explores Tanzania's past from the perspective of Tanzanians' changing relationships with the wider world.
Course description This course explores the history of Tanzania in a global context from c. 1830 to 2009. The course proposes that by paying attention to both connection and disconnection across economic, social, political, cultural and intellectual life, we can better understand the ways in which Tanzania's modern history is characterised simultaneously by the emergence of new national institutions and identities and by the continuance of diversity in a country with many pasts. This is a story which also has wider implications for how we should understand the history of East Africa and the Indian Ocean world more broadly.

The course focuses mainly on the period from c. 1830 to 2009. The start and end points mark particular moments in a long history of changing relationships with the wider world. The 1830s represent a new phase in relationships with the Indian Ocean world, with the development of the Western Tanzanian town of Ujiji as a centre of trade with the coast and the Indian Ocean world beyond. The course ends with the 2000s, a decade marked by the rapid expansion of Chinese investment in Tanzania and representing a new phase in Tanzania's relationship with East Asia.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Politics and Power in Post-Colonial East Africa (HIST10418)
Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.

Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
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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, command of the themes relating to the global history of Tanzania covered in the course and the theoretical and methodological approaches explored in the course.
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship relating to the global history of Tanzania from c. 1830 to 2009;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Felicitas Becker, Becoming Muslim in Mainland Tanzania, 1890-2000, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008

Laura Fair, Pastimes and Politics: Culture, Community, and Identity in Post-Abolition Zanzibar, Athens OH: Ohio University Press, 2001

James L. Giblin and Blandina Kaduma Giblin, A History of the Excluded: Making Family a Refuge from State in Twentieth-Century Tanzania, Oxford: James Currey, 2005

Jonathan Glassman, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011

John Illife, A Modern History of Tanganyika, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979

I.N. Kimambo and A.J. Temu, A History of Tanzania, Nairobi: Historical Association of Tanzania, 1969

Gregory H. Maddox, James L. Giblin and I.N. Kimambo, eds., Custodians of the Land: Ecology and Culture in the History of Tanzania, London: James Currey, 1996

Jamie Monson, Africa's Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009).

Jeremy Prestholdt, Domesticating the world: East African consumerism and genealogies of globalization (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008)

Stephen J. Rockel, Carriers of Culture: labor on the road in nineteenth-century East Africa, Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, 2006

Abdul Sheriff, Slaves, Spices and Ivory in Zanzibar: Integration of an East African Commercial Empire into the World Economy, 1770-1873, London: James Currey, 1987

Stephanie Wynne-Jones, A Material Culture: Consumption and Materiality on the Coast of Precolonial East Africa, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016
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