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The Cold War in Africa - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer
SWS 2 Semester WiSe 2023/24
Einrichtung Historisches Institut   Sprache englisch
Belegungsfrist 02.10.2023 - 10.11.2023

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Seminar Mi 08:00 bis 10:00 wöchentlich 18.10.2023 bis 07.02.2024 Prof. Dr. Schenck 27.12.2023: Akademische Weihnachtsferien
03.01.2024: Akademische Weihnachtsferien
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Seminar Mi 08:00 bis 12:00 Einzeltermin am 31.01.2024 Prof. Dr. Schenck  

This graduate seminar engages with the interaction between African decolonization and global superpower rivalries, from the late 1950s until the end of the Cold War. It does so by interweaving the international, national and local spheres. Decolonization in the late 1950s and 1960s and the development of African independent nation-states interacted with the unfolding of the Cold War, on both a global and a local stage. In a global arena determined by the Cold War, African politicians needed to position themselves with reference to the geopolitical historical moment. Many African political actors sought to remain neutral and ‘non-aligned’, but others deliberately portrayed local conflicts in Cold War terms to sway the United States or Soviet Union and their allies to interfere.

In this seminar, you will explore the extent to which African states and political movements were the subject of manipulation by the superpowers. You will analyze the motivations underlying the policies of the United States and the Soviet Union (and their respective allies) in Africa, also with respect to decolonization. Moreover, you will come to critically examine Odd Arne Westad’s ground-breaking approach, emphasizing the agency of non-western actors in shaping the form and extent of superpower intervention (or the lack of it) in African contexts and conflicts. The course includes a range of sources to assess what we know – and the many things we still don’t know – about Africa’s Cold War.


O.A. Westad, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Makings of Our Times (2005)

C. Saunders & S. Onslow, ‘The Cold War and Southern Africa, 1976-1990’, in M.P. Leffler & O.A. Westad (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Cold War: Volume Three (2009)

J. Suri, ‘The Cold War, Decolonization, and Global Social Awakenings: Historical Intersections’, Cold War History 6, 3 (2006), pp. 353-363

E. Schmidt, ‘Africa’ in R.H. Immerman & P. Goedde (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War (2013)

T. Bortelsmann, The Cold War and the Color Line American Race Relations in the Global Arena (2001).

R.E. Kanet, ‘The Superpower Quest for Empire: The Cold War and Soviet Support for ‘Wars of National Liberation’, Cold War History, 6 3 (2006), pp. 331-352.


Laut Modulkatalog / as explained in the module catalogue

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2023/24 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024