Case Studies in Colonialism Lecture Series
The Boston University African Studies Center presents the Case Studies in Colonialism Lecture Series. The series seeks to challenge the misconception that colonialism was a universal experience across the African continent. These videos are suitable for upper high school and college students.
Case Studies in Colonialism: Algeria and Morocco
In the video below, Boston University Professor of History Diana Wylie warns of the danger of broad generalizations about colonialism in Africa. To illustrate the complexity and idiosyncrasies of colonialism found throughout the continent, Professor Wylie compares and contrasts the colonial experiences specifically in Algeria and Morocco.
Case Studies in Colonialism: Senegal
In the video below, Boston University Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program Fallou Ngom focuses on the specificities of colonialism in Senegal and how Senegal’s unique history and culture shaped and were shaped by the colonial experience.
- Colonialism Key Concepts
- Pre-colonial European depictions of Africans
- Africa and Europe (BBC – The Story of Africa)
- Novels on Colonialism
- Colonial Maps — Put these Historical Maps of Africa in chronological order
- Read about the meeting of Europeans and Africans from two different perspectives:
- Two Different Perspectives on Colonialism:
- Was the colonial map of Africa a bad thing? Scholars explain why the colonial map of Africa was both inaccurate and irreparable.
- A Century Later, Letting Africans Draw Their Own Map — A 1997 New York Times article by Howard French
- Lesson Plans courtesy of Deborah Johnson, a teacher at the Lakeside School in Seattle, WA