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date: 27 February 2021

International Organizations in Colonial Africalocked

  • Miguel Bandeira JerónimoMiguel Bandeira JerónimoCentre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
  •  and José Pedro MonteiroJosé Pedro MonteiroCentre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra

Summary

European imperial expansion and consolidation in Africa was, from its inception, a trans-imperial process that was increasingly codified, regulated, and legitimized in an international sphere. Similarly, initiatives that aimed to counter Western dominance and hegemony across the 20th century looked for international institutions as privileged instances for claim-making and enhanced resistance against imperial and colonial projects. All these dynamics included several and diverse actors, networks, and institutions, from distinct geographies and with varied political and social outlooks. They gave origin to the global normative and institutional order of today. From the different but competing “civilizing missions” to the crystallization of self-determination as the global political norm, the history of Africa has been a recurrent feature of the mounting drives for internationalization that marked 20th century, offering several possible avenues of research for a global history of colonialism in the continent.

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