African History Courses

Working their way through still influential imperial narratives, historians of Africa are unpacking the extensive and complex histories of Africa from east to west and north to south, consulting archaeologists and interpreting African and European records, African oral histories, and often looted material heritage still in European collections.

What has so far emerged is both a growing appreciation of the richness of the histories of the different parts of Africa, their peoples and societies, and the important recognition that the different parts of Africa have been and remain central to global history and particularly the histories of South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

In other words, there is much to explore: from advanced multi-faceted kingdoms and empires; longstanding maritime trading connections to the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean; the many forms of resistance to the European enslavement of people; colonial and imperial expansions; to the wars of independence and the legacies and memories of colonial violence.

Join us to learn about and engage with the rich histories of the different parts of Africa that interest you. We offer short and long courses, online and face-to-face.

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  1. The Kingdom of Benin & the Benin Bronzes
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gabriel Olumide Apata
    Join Dr. Gabriel Apata to discover the history of the Kingdom of Benin, the Benin Bronzes and the controversy surrounding their repatriation.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  2. European empires in Africa
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for an introduction to the major themes of imperial history in the past 200 years of African history, where we will contextualise many of the trends and challenges in the continent today and view Africa in a new light. Tutor: Dr Sunday Oyewole.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  3. Ethiopia: Guerrilla Insurgency and Italian Colonization, 1936-1941
    Course start date:  Wed 30 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is a historical reconstruction of Ethiopia’s guerrilla insurgency, its actors and their motivation, peculiarity, and/or commonness of tactics, as well as its impact and challenges during the 1935-1941 Italian invasion/occupation of Ethiopia. Tutor: Dr Sunday Oyewole.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  4. The Boer War 1899-1902: An Introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Discover the history of the Boer War 1899-1902 through gaining an understanding of how the British and Dutch came to colonise Southern Africa in the first place. Tutor: T Hussain.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  5. Prison Labour & Prisoners' Rights in British West African Colonies
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course focuses on the political economy of prison labour, what constitutes rights, and whether the prisoners had access to any form of rights given their limited agency behind the prison walls in British West African colonies. Tutor: Dr Sunday Oyewole.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  6. African resistance against empire
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    The end of the Second World War marked a watershed in African history, catalysing resistance against colonial rule that had been in place for a century. This module examines the history of such growing anti-colonial resistance from the late 19th century onwards.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £51.00
  7. From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: the Revolution of Imperial Power
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gabriel Olumide Apata
    Join Dr. Gabriel Apata to discover the modern history of Zimbabwe. Why did the state of Rhodesia end, what were its consequences and what key events have taken place in Zimbabwe since then?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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