Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
This course is a sweeping study of the history of French colonialism from the first colonies in the Americas to decolonization in Africa and Southeast Asia. Spanning five centuries, this course provides an opportunity to examine how empire building changed over time, both for the colonizer and the colonized. France built an extensive empire in North America during the 17th and 18th centuries only to see most of it lost to their British imperial rival. And yet, by the mid-19th century France was rebuilding its empire, this time in Africa and Southeast Asia. Between its two overseas empires France left a remarkable legacy that can still be felt today in the 25 countries where French is an official language. The weekly lectures and readings explore a variety of historical themes to help understand the French colonial legacy, such as theories of imperialism, discovery, native-newcomer relations, empire and conquest, religion, slavery, women and gender, commerce and decolonization.
Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units HIST at the 100-level or 30 credit units of university courses
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