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The Making of Modern Africa

From the rise of the Asante in the west and the ascendency of Tewodros II in the East, to the rise of Shaka and the Zulus in the South, new nations and systems of governance emerged across Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. These new states and people are the progenitors of modern African states and it is to their political structures, moral philosophies and social arrangements that we must turn to understand modern Africa.

Throughout the year, we carry out research into key aspects of African political history of this period, engaging with new scholarship in this area and exploring the new narratives historians are unearthing in relation to this important period of history.


The Making of Modern Africa

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Each Winter as part of our Foundation Certificate in African History and Political Thought we run our flagship course and public lecture series in The Making of Modern Africa.

In Winter 2022, our public lectures and tutorials will be in the following topics:

1. Nation-Building in the Early Asante Empire
Tuesday 25 January 2022

2. Moral and Political Philosophy in the Early Asante Empire
Tuesday 22 February 2022

3. The Coromantee Kings, The Akan Diaspora in the Americas
Tuesday 8 March 2022

Please see below to register for the public lectures. If you are interested is enrolling on the Foundation Certificate please visit our Foundation Certificate Information Page.


Past Lectures

Past Lecture | The Looting of Africa’s Artefacts

Past Lecture | Africanus Horton – Life of a African Polymath

Golden Stools and Kente Cloth – The Making of Asante Kings


CLR James and How Marxism Influenced Pan-Africanism

Exploring CLR James’ considerable political and intellectual contributions to Pan-Africanism

Top 5 Books on Asante History

Books by some of the world’s most distinguished Akan/Ga historians

Dr Olukoya Ogen Becomes a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria

We will shortly have the honour of welcoming Dr Olukoya Ogen to the African History Project to discuss his work on the history of religion