HSRU 3941: Archiving Africa: Uncovering the History of Britain's African Empire
London, United Kingdom
Field of Study:
Humanities, Social Sciences
HSRU 3941, Archiving Africa: Uncovering the History of Britain's African Empire (4 credits)
Carina Ray As the imperial center of Britain’s vast global Empire, the city of London provides a unique vantage point for studying the history of Britain’s African colonies. Through hands-on research in Britain’s National Archives, students will develop a research project that involves working with 19th and 20th century colonial records. Visits to south London, home to the city’s large West African community, will provide a sense of the way in which England has been and continues to be remade by its former empire. Site visits to Liverpool, England’s largest slave trading port and home to the International Slavery Museum, and the Rhodes House Library in Oxford, which holds one of the world’s finest collections on the anti-apartheid movement, will expose students to new ways of understanding Africa’s history and will bring to life what we learn about in the classroom.