School of History

HST5385 – From Prophecy to Revolution: Resistance and Insurgency against European Empire

Module code: HST5385

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Condos

In 1961, Frantz Fanon declared that colonialism ‘is violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence’. Written near the end of the brutal Algerian War of Independence against colonial France, Fanon’s fiery rhetoric reminds us that colonized peoples were not merely passive victims of European imperial exploitation and dominance, but routinely challenged and resisted those who sought to control them. This module seeks to uncover the often neglected and marginalized histories of resistance and insurgency against European empire throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. To do so, it will look at the complex political, social, cultural, ideological, and economic motivations that prompted local peoples around the globe to take up arms against their European rulers. Through an examination of religious protests, millenarian-inspired uprisings, peasant insurgencies, and violent revolutionary movements in Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Europe, this module will consider how colonized peoples contested and resisted over a century of European imperial domination.

Assessment: Seminar Participation [10%], Learning Log (1,000 words) [30%] and Essay (2,500 words) [60%]
Level: 5