PLEASE NOTE this is a 2013 reading list—the precise content may change in future years.
Term 1, Week 1
Topic: Introduction
In this initial seminar we will plan the work for the semester and consider people’s existing
knowledge of the sub-continent and local politics.
Reading
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Allen, C. (1995) Understanding African politics. Review of African Political Economy 65: 301320
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Berman, B. (1998) Ethnicity, patronage, and the African state. African Affairs 97: 305-341
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Clapham, C. (2000) The longue duree of the African state. African Affairs 99 (395): 217-267
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Cooper, F. (2002) Africa since 1800: The Past of the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press. (Introduction)
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Freund, B. (1998) The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society
since 1800. Basingstoke: Macmillan (Chapters 1 & 2)
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Iliffe, J. (1995) Africans: The History of a Continent. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
(Chapters 9, 10 & 11)
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Thomson, A. (2004) An Introduction to African Politics, 2nd edition. London: Routledge
(Introduction & Conclusion)
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Tordoff, W. (2002) Government and Politics in Africa, 4th edition. London: Palgrave
Macmillan (Chapters 1 & 10)
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Young, C. (2004) The end of the post-colonial state in Africa: Reflections on changing African
political dynamics. African Affairs 103 (410): 23-49
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Term 1, Week 1