Resources for Teachers

In this section of the National History Center website you will find syllabi, handouts, and links to material teachers at all levels may find of use.

From Prof. Lori Watt of Washington University in St. Louis, here’s an Overview document she uses in her course on Decolonization:

Course Overview: Plot, Actors, Concepts, Vocabulary
301T: Historical Methods: Decolonization in the Twentieth Century, Spring 2013, Lori Watt

The underlying story of this course is the transformation of the world from empires and
colonies into nation-states in the 20th century. We move back and forth between the realm
of high politics and international institutions, including the League of Nations and the
United Nations, and how people, especially anti-colonial nationalists, fought for and
understood the transformation, in what is now the India, Algeria, and Korea. Another strand
of the story is the generating and claiming of the ideas of “anti-imperialism” by Marxists
and socialist states. For this reason, Lenin and Khrushchev loom large.

Main Cast of Characters (categorizations debatable)
Anti-colonial nationalists
~ frequent quiz question: “what two anti-colonial nationalists appear in this week’s reading?” ~
GANDHI, 1869-1948, India
Syngman RHEE / YI Seung-man, 1875-1965, Korea
NEHRU, 1889-1964, India
HO Chi Minh, 1890-1969, Vietnam
KIM Il Sung, 1912-1994, Korea
Albert MEMMI, b. 1920, Tunisia
Frantz FANON, 1925-1961, Martinique-born French Algerian

Jan SMUTS, 1870-1950
Winston CHURCHILL, 1874-1965

Anti-imperialists (?)
Woodrow WILSON, 1856-1924
Vladimir LENIN, 1870-1924
Franklin Delano ROOSEVELT [FDR], 1882-1945
Archibald WAVELL 1883-1950
Nikita KHRUSHCHEV, 1894-1971

Definitions, Concepts, and Theories:
• Definitions of empire, imperialism, colonialism, colony, decolonization, post-colonial
• Orientalism (Edward SAID)
• Marxism and anti-imperialism
• Nations, States, and Nation-states (GUIBERNAU)

Words, concepts, and names to learn and use (in addition to above and the vocabulary
included in “reading primary and secondary sources”)

Atlantic Charter, 1941
civilization discourse
“Comintern” — Communist International
“communal rolls” of the British colonial system, “communal violence”
Fourteen Points, 1918
Gandhi’s critique of modern civilization
Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson, 1983
League of Nations
metropole, metropolitan
Orientalism, Edward Said, 1978
United Nations
United Nations Charter, 1946
United Nations Declaration on Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and
Peoples, 1960
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
utopia — “United Nations utopia” “Utopian ideal of the nation-state”