| HIS 400 |
Seminar on Railroad Industrialization in Africa
Spring 2011, Tue-Thu 4:15-5:30pm
May 3: Final paper due on Tues. May 3, at 6pm in 401 Main
Hall. Attendance is REQUIRED.
| Instructor: Jim Jones |
| Office: 519 Main Hall |
Office hours: Tue. & Thu. 12:30-2pm, Wed. 1-3pm, and by appointment
OBJECTIVES: This course examines a complex topic -- industrialization -- as it was introduced in Africa during the colonial period. By the end of the course, students will produce a scholarly analytical paper using primary sources from France and West Africa, plus secondary sources from history, geography, economics and anthropology. Successful students will achieve positive learning outcomes for information literacy, general education, and knowledge of history by demonstrating skill in written and oral communication, critical thinking, and life-long learning.
* James A. Jones, Industrial Labor in the Colonial World: The African Workers of the Chemin de Fer Dakar-Niger (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2002).
* Ousmane Sembene, God's Bits of Wood (Westport, CT: Heinemann, 1996).
* Other on-line readings at courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his311/archives.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The professor must deliver interesting and relevant introductions to the readings, facilitate meaningful classroom discussion, maintain regular office hours, write fair assignments and provide written feedback. Students must read assignments before coming to class, participate in class discussion, show respect for opinions that differ while exercising critical judgement of sources and logic, and complete all written and oral assignments.
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|Assignment||Due Date||Percent of final grade||Description|
|1. In-class essay||Jan. 27||10%||Write an essay on a question about the Sembene book that will be provided at the beginning of class. [Details]|
|2. Document analysis *||Feb. 22||20%||Write an essay using notes on archival records. [Details]|
|3. Review essay *||Mar. 3||20%||Compare Lugard's ideas on the impact of industrialization with those in a JStor article of your own choosing. [Details]|
|4. Outline and abstract||Apr. 19||10%||Demonstrate how you plan to analyze the Apr. 7 question for your final paper. [Details]|
|5. Final paper *||May 4-6||30%||Write an analytical paper that answers the Apr. 7 question. (details on style and format). [Details]|
|6. Class participation||Every class||10%||Show consistent and thorough preparation for class discussion. [Details]|
* This assignment must include footnotes and a bibliography. Assignments 2-5 are all due at the beginning of class.
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Visit Jim Jones' other course web sites at courses.wcupa.edu/jones
Introduction, Railroads and Industrialization
Start reading Sembene, (p1 to the end of `The
Drop/Add period is January 18-23
An African View of a European Railroad
Finish reading Sembene; complete in-class essay in class on
Thursday, Jan. 27
Building the Railroad
Read Jones (pp1-20) and archive notes
Military Use of the Railroad
Read C. W. Newbury and A. S. Kanya-Forstner,
"French Policy and the Scramble for Africa" in Journal of
African History, no. 10 (1969), pp253-276. [JStor link]
Commercial use of the Railroad
Read Jones (pp21-34); view spreadsheets showing
comptoirs and businesses
More on the commercial use of the Railroad
analysis due on Tuesday.
The Colonial Economy 1918-1939
Read "Chapter XXIII, Transport" in Frederick
Lugard, The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa
(pp461-476); review essay
due on Thursday, Mar. 3. [Large PDF file containing
Class does not meet.
Professional railroad workers
Read Jones (pp35-47) and Diombana
Consequences of World War II
Read Myron Echenberg, "Morts pour la
France: the African Soldier in France during the Second World
War" in Journal of African History, vol. 26 (1985),
Friday March 25 is the last day to
withdraw from this class or change to Pass/Fail.
The 1947 Strike
Read Jones (pp48-64)
Read Guy Pfefferman, "Trade unions and politics
in French West Africa during the Fourth Republic," African
Affairs 66 (1967), pp213-230. [ JStor link]
Here is the question for assignments 4
and 5: French plans for the Dakar-Niger railroad changed over
time, but always supported a colonial system whose mission was to
civilize Africans. Compare and contrast the French goals for the
railroad with its actual impact.
Read T.L.H., "Mali and her neighbors" in West
Africa magazine (January 30, 1960), p125; and (February 6,
1960), p153. [ Click here.]
Decline of the Railroad
Read Jones (pp65-74); outline and abstract due on
Tuesday, Apr. 19
Impact of the Railroad
Read Jones (pp75-78) and poem Hommage aux
Cheminots du Mali
Final paper due by 6pm
Details about the
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