LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE




Prof. David Campion




Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Ghana, 1961 © UPI/Bettmann/Corbis

MAIN PAGE COURSE REQUIREMENTS ASSIGNMENTS DECOLONIZATION IN FILM

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

FALL 2015

Week I Aug 31-Sep 2Introduction
Week II Sep 9Indochina and the Creation of a Postcolonial Quagmire
Week III Sep 14-16Independence and Partition in the Indian Subcontinent
Week IV Sep 21-23Decolonization and the Modern Middle East
Week V Sep 28-30Algeria and France
Week VI Oct 5-7Algeria and France (continued)
Week VII Oct 12-14Literature of Decolonization
Week VIII Oct 19-21Kenya's Colonial Emergency
Week IX Oct 26-28The Wind of Change
Week X Nov 2-4 Building a Postcolonial World
Week XI Nov 9-11South Africa's Colonial Legacy
Week XII Nov 16-18Internationalism after Imperialism
Week XIII Nov 23-25 Postcolonial Perspectives
Week XIV Nov 30-Dec 2The Empire comes Home
Week XV Dec 7-9Conclusion



Week I: Introduction

Aug 31: Introductory discussion
Sep 2: 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: Indochina and the Creation of a Postcolonial Quagmire

Sep 7: LABOR DAY (NO CLASS)
Sep 9: Discussion: Lawrence
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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



Week III: Independence and Partition in the Indian Subcontinent

Sep 14: Discussion: Khan, Attlee, Churchill, Nehru
Sep 16: Discussion: Khan, Attlee, Churchill, Nehru
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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 IV: Decolonization and the Modern Middle East

Sep 21: Discussion: Sluglett
Sep 23: Discussion: Sluglett
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

Reading:
Peter Sluglett, Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country
Sir Henry McMahon, Letter to Sherif Hussein ibn Ali (1915)
Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916)
T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922) [Introduction, Chs. 1-2]

Images:
Sir Mark Sykes and Georges Picot, Map proposing the postwar reconstruction of the Middle East (1916)
T.E. Lawrence, Map proposing the postwar reconstruction of the Middle East (1918) [description]
Map of the Mandate System in the Middle East (c.1930)



Week V: Algeria and France

Sep 28: Discussion: Shepard
Sep 30: Discussion: Fanon
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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 5: Discussion: Shepard, Fanon
Oct 7: Discussion: Shepard, Fanon
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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 12: Discussion: Achebe
Oct 14: Discussion: Scott
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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



Week VIII: Kenya's Colonial Emergency

Oct 19: Discussion: Anderson
Oct 21: Discussion: Anderson
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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 26: Discussion: Hyam
Oct 28: Discussion: Hyam
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

Reading:
Ronald Hyam, Britain's Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonization, 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 2: Discussion: Lee, Sukarno, Nehru, Nyerere
Nov 4: Discussion: Lee, Sukarno, Nehru, Nyerere
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

Reading:
Christopher Lee (ed.), Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and its Political Afterlives
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 9: Discussion: Clark & Worger, de Klerk, Mandela
Nov 11: Discussion: Clark & Worger, de Klerk, Mandela
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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 16: Discussion: Mazower
Nov 18: Discussion: Mazower

Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

Reading:
Mark Mazower, No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations
UN declaration granting independence to colonial countries (1960)



Week XIII: Postcolonial Perspectives

Nov 23: Discussion: Fanon, Ngugi
Nov 25: Discussion: Fanon, Ngugi
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

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

Nov 30: Discussion: Bailkin, Rushdie
Dec 2: Discussion: Bailkin, Rushdie
Discussion Leaders
TBD
TBD

Reading:
Jordanna Bailkin, The Afterlife of Empire
Salman Rushdie, "The New Empire within Britain" in Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 129-138



Week XV: Conclusion

Dec 7: Review of course reading
Dec 9: 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)

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY DUE THURS 10 DEC, 5:00 PM


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Updated: August 2015