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The Ideological Scramble for Africa

"Frank Gerits has crafted an ambitious and exemplary transnational history of the battle for African hearts and minds in the era of decolonization. This thoughtful book will be required reading for a generation of historians of decolonization, the Cold War, and Africa."

Christopher Dietrich, Fordham University, author of Oil Revolution

Book Reviews

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Book Tour

March 2023

  • Book talk and panel conversation at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, John Foster Building, 9 March 2023, 17:00-19:00.

  • Book talk and panel conversation at Queen Mary University of London Postcolonial Seminar, London, ArtsTwo 3.20, 30 March 2023, 17:00-18:30.

April 2023

  • Official Book Launch at Utrecht University, Utrecht, with Liesbeth van de Grift, UU, Odd Arne Westad, Yale University (online), Alanna O’Malley, Leiden University, Walter Gam Nkwi, Leiden University, Ferghall Vlaun, the African and Caribbean Heritage Network at Utrecht University, Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal 0.05, 19 April 2023, talk: 17:00-18:30, drinks: 18:30-20:00.

  • Book talk for the Research Group Modernity and Society 1800-2000 (MoSa) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, location TBA, 26 April 2023, 16:00-18:00.

May 2023

  • Book talk and panel conversation at Prague University, Prague, History Faculty Building, 10 May 2023, 17:30-19:00.

  • Book talk at University of Regensburg, Regensburg, 23 May 2023 (details TBA).


October 2023

  • Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, October 2023 (details TBA).

  • The United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA, October 2023 (details TBA).

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, October 2023 (details TBA).

  • The Wilson Center, Washington D.C., USA, October 2023 (details TBA).

  • Yale University, October 2023 (details TBA).


November 2023

  • Berlin Global History Colloquium (details TBA)

  • University of Leeds, November 2023 (details TBA)

  • University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, November 2023 (details TBA)

  • The American University in Cairo, November 2023 (details TBA)

"This erudite book fulfills its ambitious scope and premise with impressive archival work, offering us a major revision of our approach to African international relations during the period of decolonization."

Leslie James, 2022

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