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ERIC Number: ED448110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 105
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-891306-34-0
Conquest, Conflict, and Commerce: The Colonial Experience in the Congo. Teacher's Resource Book [and Student Text]. Public Policy Debate in the Classroom. Choices for the 21st Century Education Project.
Cunningham, Paul
This teacher resource book and student text is part of a continuing series on current and historical international issues, placing special emphasis on the importance of educating students in their participatory role as citizens. The unit draws students into the international debate about how to respond to the imperialism that brutally disfigured the Congo in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. After examining the nature of pre-colonial central African societies, students use primary and secondary readings to develop an understanding of how European power politics contributed to one of the most shocking examples of European colonization in Africa. While the history of the Congo Free State, later the Belgian Congo, is atypical of European imperialism of this era, this unit confronts students with a dramatic story that provides the foundation for assessing the moral, political, cultural, and economic issues raised by colonialism in general. This unit examines the roles played by private citizens in mobilizing a grassroots human rights movement. Students have the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of both governmental and non-governmental actors in effecting changes in official policies. Materials are included to help students understand how the colonial experience has shaped events in the Congo Basin throughout the post-colonial era. The teacher's book includes five- and three-day lesson plans. (BT)
Choices for the 21st Century Education Project, Watson Institute for International Studies, Box 1948, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 ($15.00 per teacher/student book set); Tel: 401-863-3155; Fax: 401-863-1247; E-mail: (; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Inst. for International Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Congo