AHT 326: Nationalism in Africa and the Rest of the Developing World

Purpose of the Course

The study of nationalism in Africa and the rest of the developing world is a course that attempts to focus
on the following key issues; definition and growth of nationalism, Theories of nationalism,,
decolonization process in Africa and the rest of the developing world, the cold war and its impact on
nationalism in Africa and other parts of the developing world, challenges of creating nation states in
Africa and the rest of the developing world , Globalization and its impact on the nation state in Africa and
the rest of the developing world. It is designed to provide an introduction to the study of contemporary
developing countries’ politics and government. The course attempts to answer some important questions
about African and other developing countries politics, such as: What are the legacies of colonial rule?
Why are developing states generally weaker than developed states? What accounts for the failures and
successes of African countries to achieve adequate economic development? To what extent have
international forces influenced the directions of African politics and society? We will also examine some
of the dimensions of social change and political reform in post independence Africa.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Define and describe concepts in Nationalism politics.
2. Critique theories of Nationalism.
3. Critique political ideas of prominent scholars on nationalism.
4. Discuss the Cold War and Globalization

Course Content

The major themes and concepts of the course are as follows:

Week 1: Introduction to Nationalism
Week 2: Theories of Nationalism
Week 3: :Ideas of persons such as Frantz Fanon, Kwame Nkurumah, Amilcar Cabral.
Week 4: Ideas of persons such as Mao Tse Tung, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Casro, Mahatma Gandhi
Week 5: The Cold War Era


Week 6: 6. Decolonization: Case studies: East Africa
Week 7: Regional blocks in the developing countries
Week 8: The North-South dichotomy vis a vis the North-South cooperation
Week 9: The end of the Cold War and idea globalization
Week 10: Problems and prospects of the nation state in Africa (Challenges)


Week 11& 12: FINAL Exam.

Teaching Methodologies
1. Lecture
2. Discussion
3. Group panels
4. Class debates
5. Individual or group presentations
6. Handouts


Nationalism in Africa and the rest of the World course assessment will consist of two CATs accounting
for 30 Marks and an Exam of 2 hours long accounting for 70 marks. The two CATs and Exam are
designed to complement each other and to measure a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Course Readings

Birmingham, D. (1995) The Decolonization of Africa, Athens: Ohio University Press
Boahen, A. (1990) UnescoVol 111 (Abridged), Nairobi: Heinemann Educational Publishers
Chafer, B.C. (1972) Faces of Nationalism: New Realities and Old Myths, New York: Harcourt Bruce
Cheeseman, Nic. 2015. Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform
Cambridge University Press.
Davis , B. (1978) Towards a Marxist Theory of Nationalism , New York: Monthly Review Press
Englebert, Pierre and Kevin C. Dunn. (2013). Inside African Politics. Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Fanon, F. (1967) The Wretched of the Earth
Gordon, April A. and Donald L. Gordon (eds.). 2007. Understanding Contemporary Africa. Lynne
Rienner Publishers.
Hansen, R.D. (1979) Beyond the North-South Stalemate, New York: Mcgraw-Hill Book Company
Herbst, Jeffrey. (2014). States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control.
Princeton University Press. New Edition
Hodgkin, T. (1962) Nationalism in Colonial Africa , London: Fredrick Muller Publishers
Hutchinson, J. and Smith A.D. (1994) Oxford Readers: Nationalism , Oxford: Oxford University Press
Mazrui, A.A. and Tidy M. (1984) Nationalism and New states in Africa, Nairobi: Heinemann Educational
Mitchel, K. (1986) The Cambridge History of Latin America Vol V and Vii . New York: Cambridge
University Press
Moreland, W. and Chatterjee, H (1957) A History of India , New York: David Mackay Co Inc
Nyong’o A., (1990) Regional Integration I Africa: Unfinished Agenda , Nairobi: Bairobi Academy of
Science Publishers
Ogot, B.A. (1990) The Struggle for the Third World. A Historical Perspective , Nairobi: Kenyatta
Rodzinki W. (1979) A History of China Vol.1, London: Oxford University Press.

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