The Heritage of Imperialism

Welcome to The Heritage of Imperialism. This course offers an examination of the thought, structure, operation and results of imperialism in human history generally, and in the 19th/21st centuries in particular.

We will use readings and films to examine European/American imperialism in the non-white areas of the world: the role of the Industrial Revolution; the imposition of Western European institutions on indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia, North/South America; colonialism; attempts by these people to reestablish autonomous sociological and cultural systems.

With a range of guest lecturers who are experts in their fields and a class field trip, this course is designed to help further your interdisciplinary academic analysis in general, and in African, African-American and Caribbean studies, specifically. In addition to required readings, there will also be writing exercises.



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Image Credits: 1.) Josef Lazarus. (1939).  Englands Schuld [England’s Shame]. Retrieved from ArtStor. Source not in collection.  2.)   Gillam, Victor, Other Creators: Sackett & Wilhelms (lithographers). (1898).  “Hands Across the Sea.” John Bull – “Shake, and we will boss the whole world.” Retrieved from ArtStor. Source not in collection.   3.)  Gillam, Victor, Other Creators: (1898).  A Shower of Patriotism Covers Cuba. Retrieved from ArtStor. Source not in collection.