Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism
2014 (English)Book (Refereed)
Hansen and Jonsson investigate a topic of central importance to the history of European integration that has been virtually erased from scholarship. The topic once went by the name of Eurafrica and it entailed a shared European management of colonial Africa. Launched by Pan-European movements as a geopolitical idea and vision after World War I, Eurafrica gained political momentum after World War II. With the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951 and the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1957, Eurafrica was implemented through the association to the EEC of the colonial domains of the six founding European states, as stipulated in the Treaty of Rome. On the basis of archival and other documentation from 1920 to the 1960s, the authors show that all major movements and institutions working towards European integration placed Africa’s geopolitical and economic incorporation into the European enterprise as a key objective. A final chapter discusses how Africa’s association to the EEC impacted on the process of decolonization and shaped postcolonial Africa, and how the ‘Eurafrican legacy’ still affects the EU’s foreign relations. The authors also explain why the link between European integration and colonialism is neglected in EU studies and histories of colonialism, and they develop new theoretical perspectives on European integration in the context of global history. Signalling a paradigm shift in debates and research on the EU, Africa and colonialism, Eurafrica presents an entire vista of both new questions that need to be answered and old answers to be questioned.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bloomsbury Academic, 2014. , 316 p.
, Theory for a Global Age
interwar and postwar history of European integration, EEC/EU, Rome Treaty negotiations, Africa, colonialism, decolonisation, geopolitics, postcoloniality, global history
National CategoryInternational Migration and Ethnic Relations History Globalization Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77782ISBN: 978-17-8093-000-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-77782DiVA: diva2:529145
FunderSwedish Research Council