LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE




Prof. David Campion




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SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

FALL 2012

Week I Sep 4-6Introduction
Week II Sep 11-13Independence and Partition in the Indian Subcontinent
Week III Sep 18-20Indochina and the Creation of a Postcolonial Quagmire
Week IV Sep 25-27Decolonization and the Modern Middle East
Week V Oct 2-4Algeria and France
Week VI Oct 9-11Algeria and France (continued)
Week VII Oct 16-18Literature of Decolonization
Week VIII Oct 23-25Kenya's Colonial Emergency
Week IX Oct 30-Nov 1The Wind of Change
Week X Nov 6-8 Building a Postcolonial World
Week XI Nov 13-15South Africa's Colonial Legacy
Week XII Nov 20Internationalism after Imperialism
Week XIII Nov 27-29 Postcolonial Perspectives
Week XIV Dec 4-6The Empire comes Home
Week XV Dec 11Conclusion



Week I: Introduction

Sep 5: Introductory discussion
Sep 7: Lecture: Review of the history of decolonization

Suggested Reading:
Wm. Roger Louis, "The colonial empires in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries" in Ends of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez and Decolonization, 35-48
Martin Shipway, "Decolonization in comparative perspective" in Decolonization and its Impact, 1-17



Week II: Independence and Partition in the Indian Subcontinent

Sep 11: Discussion: Khan
Sep 13: Discussion: Khan
Discussion Leaders
NATE
NINA

Reading:
Yasmin Khan, The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
Clement Attlee, "The end of British rule in India" (1947)
Winston Churchill, "Britain's shameful flight from India" (1947)
Jawaharlal Nehru, "A tryst with destiny" (1947) [Audio: BBC Radio Archive]

Suggested Film: Earth (1998)



Week III: Indochina and the Creation of a Postcolonial Quagmire

Sep 18: Discussion: Lawrence
Sep 20: Discussion: Lawrence
Discussion Leaders
EDUARDO
SARAH

Reading:
Mark Lawrence, Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam



Week IV: Decolonization and the Modern Middle East

Sep 25: Discussion: Alon, Louis
Sep 27: Discussion: Alon, Louis
Discussion Leaders
CHARLA
TARA

Reading:
Yoav Alon, The Making of Jordan: Tribes, Colonialism, and the Modern State
Wm. Roger Louis, "The End of the Palestine Mandate" in Ends of British Imperialism, 417-447



Week V: Algeria and France

Oct 2: Discussion: Shepard
Oct 4: Discussion: Fanon
Discussion Leaders
ALEC
DANIELA

Reading:
Frantz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism
Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France

Suggested Film: The Battle of Algiers (1966)



Week VI: Algeria and France (continued)

Oct 9: Discussion: Shepard, Fanon
Oct 11: FALL BREAK (NO CLASS)
Discussion Leaders
ALEC
DANIELA

Reading:
Frantz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism
Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France



Week VII: Literature of Decolonization

Oct 16: Discussion: Achebe
Oct 18: Discussion: Scott
Discussion Leaders
CHARLA
SARAH

Reading:
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Paul Scott, Staying On



Week VIII: Kenya's Colonial Emergency

Oct 23: Discussion: Anderson
Oct 25: Discussion: Anderson
Discussion Leaders
ALEC
COLE

Reading:
David Anderson, Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
Jomo Kenyatta, "The Kenya Africa Union is not the Mau Mau" (1952)



Week IX: The Wind of Change

Oct 30: Discussion: Hyam
Nov 1: Discussion: Hyam
Discussion Leaders
NINA
NATE

Reading:
Ronald Hyam, Britain's Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-1968
Harold Macmillan, "The Wind of Change" (1960)

Video and Audio:
Movietone News, Crisis in Suez (1956)
BBC Four, The Other Side of Suez [documentary] (2004)
BBC Radio Archive, Harold Macmillan's "Wind of Change" speech (1960)



Week X: Building a Postcolonial World

Nov 6: Discussion: Tan & Acharya
Nov 8: Discussion: Tan & Acharya
Discussion Leaders
CHARLA
TARA

Reading:
See Ang Tan and Amitav Acharya (eds.), Bandung Revisited: The Legacy of the 1955 Asian-African Conference for International Order
Sukarno, "Speech at the Opening of the Bandung Conference" (1955)
Jawaharlal Nehru, "Speech to the Bandung Conference Political Committee" (1955) and "Economic Development and Nonalignment" (1956)
Julius Nyerere, "Ujamaa: The Basis of African Socialism" (1962)



Week XI: South Africa's Colonial Legacy

Nov 13: Discussion: Clark & Worger, de Klerk, Mandela
Nov 15: Discussion: Clark & Worger, de Klerk, Mandela
Discussion Leaders
DANIELA
EDUARDO

Reading:
Nancy Clark & William Worger, South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
F.W. de Klerk, The Last Trek, A New Beginning, xv-xx, 1-33, 328-398
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1-51, 393-544



Week XII: Internationalism after Imperialism

Nov 20: Discussion: Mazower
Nov 22: THANKSGIVING (NO CLASS)
Discussion Leaders
COLE
TARA

Reading:
Mark Mazower, The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins the United Nations
UN declaration granting independence to colonial countries (1960)



Week XIII: Postcolonial Perspectives

Nov 27: Discussion: Fanon, Ngugi
Nov 29: Discussion: Fanon, Ngugi
Discussion Leaders
DANIELA
NATE

Reading:
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature



Week XIV: The Empire comes Home

Dec 4: Discussion: Ward, Rushdie
Dec 6: Discussion: Ward, Rushdie
Discussion Leaders
ALEC
NINA

Reading:
Stuart Ward (ed.), British Culture and the End of Empire
Salman Rushdie, "The New Empire within Britain" in Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 129-138



Week XV: Conclusion

Dec 11: Final discussion

Reading:
Dietmar Rothermund, "From colonialism to neocolonialism?" in The Routledge Companion to Decolonization, 258-275
Martin Shipway, "The impact of decolonization" in Decolonization and its Impact, 232-239

Video:
Visualizing Decolonization (2009)

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Updated: August 2014