This course explores the processes of social, economic, political and cultural change occasioned by Africa's integration into a system of international production dominated by Europe. It begins with an analysis of the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on the continent, which is followed by an examination of the transition to colonial production and rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The development of mining, cash crop and settler economies are discussed in conjunction with questions of African resistance, race, ethnicity, gender and class formation. In the latter part of the course we will focus on post-Independence Africa and the varied efforts to transcend the legacies of colonialism. 4 hrs; 4 crs.