Overview of African history and politics since the continent's contact with Western Europe in the late fifteenth century. Covers the subject matter in three phases: precolonial times, colonialism, and the postcolonial era. We seek to (1) understand the scope and consequences of the Arab and European slave trade in Africa, (2) examine the dynamics of European imperialism in Africa, and (3) offer perspectives on current African problems. This course is the same as HIS 280, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.