History 598. 01 Senior colloquium colonial encounters: european imperialism 1830-1960


First Short Paper Due In Class (3 pages)



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First Short Paper Due In Class (3 pages).

Topic: On the basis of these readings, briefly analyze the different definitions of European imperialism in the modern era and its key characteristics. End your paper with questions for discussion.

Week Three (3 October)
Theme: Genocide?
Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost, pp. 1-100, 115-140, 150-181

W.E.B. Dubois, “The Color Line Belts the World,” in Conklin and Fletcher, 21-22



Week Four (10 October)
Theme: The White Man’s Burden?
Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost (finish)

Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden” (1899), in Conklin and Fletcher, 58-59


Second Short Paper Due In Class (3 pages)

Topic: Write a book review of King Leopold’s Ghost
Week Five (17 October)
Theme: Colonialism and humanitarianism. Student-led discussion
Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness (including documents following the novel).



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