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History: Sub-Sahara Africa


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This course is designed to provide an introduction to a number of the most relevant themes in the post war history of sub-sharan Africa: the main themes will be : The Second Colonial Occupation: anti-colonial armed resistance: the development of nationalism and independence; the nature of post-colonial states; ethnic and regional conflict (Biafra, Eritrea, Congo, Sudan, Uganda); economic development, societal collapse and the beginnings of recovery; the spread of Aids; apartheid and its satellite states; the end of apartheid.

Course objectives



The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

One two hour lecture per week, four tutorials spread out over the semester.

Assessment method

One essay (30%), a midterm and a final exam (together 70%)


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • R. Ross, Concise History of South Africa (Cambridge UP 2008)

  • F. Cooper, Africa since 1940. The Past to the Present (Cambridge UP, Cambridge 2002)

  • P. Nugent, Africa since independence (2nd edition) (Palgrave/Macmillan, London 2012)

  • W. Reno, Warfare in Independent Africa (Cambridge UP, Cambridge 2011)


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable