Book Series: The Ideological Scramble for Africa with Frank Gerits

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
46 Hillhouse, 104 See map
46 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Free but register in advance
Event description: 

Join Professor Paul Kennedy for a conversation with Frank Gerits on his book, The Ideological Scramble for Africa: How the Pursuit of Anticolonial Modernity Shaped a Postcolonial Order, 1945–1966. The book examines how African leaders in the 1950s and 1960s crafted an anticolonial modernization project. Rather than choose Cold War sides between East and West, anticolonial nationalists worked to reverse the psychological and cultural destruction of colonialism.

Frank Gerits is Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Research Fellow of the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. An international historian who specializes in the global Cold War, his work focuses predominantly on Africa’s international history as well as European Integration, but I also look at nongovernmental organization and Belgian diplomacy.

Free and open to the Yale community.