The Ideological Scramble in Africa (1945-1966)
For most historians the salient feature of the Cold War outside of Europe was the violent interventionist strategy of modernization and counterinsurgency. However, it was only by the 1970s that proxy wars became central in Africa. In many ways the preceding era between 1945 and 1966 was more obsessed with the symbolic dimension of decolonization, turning Africa into the target of a renewed ideological scramble that changed the face of the Cold War in Africa.
Under review 2020
Matteo Grilli and Frank Gerits eds., Visions of African Unity (1930s – 2018), Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020
This edited collection seeks to bring together scholars from within Africa and outside of the continent to shed light on the long history of African unification. Surprising as it may be, despite the importance of the subject matters, the literature on continental unity is limited, and many aspects of this fundamental element of post-colonial African and International history still require analysis.
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Ongoing Research Projects
2020-2025 Neoliberalism in the Global South
2020-2022: Belgium and the Third World (1885-2015) (book project 2)
January 2020-2022: Co-Investigator of the AHRC Project “Regionalism in East Africa c. 1900 to the present” with Christopher Vaughan (PI), Alden Young (Co-Investigator) and Mr P J O'Reilly (Researcher)