German and Italian Colonialism Beyond Comparisons: Histories of Transimperial Assistance and Exchange

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Introduction By the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, Europe famously reached the peak of its political supremacy over other world regions and their inhabitants that is referred to in history books as colonial rule. The well-known Congo Conference held in Berlin in 1884–85 represented a major venue for the partition of the African continent, … Read More

The Myth of “Liberal” Fascism at the Transimperial Volta Congress on Africa in Rome, 1938

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The inclination of fascist regimes to settler colonization is a comparably new field of research, yet it is hardly surprising that settler colonialism was part of fascism’s destructive repertoire. It played a crucial role in the violent occupation of Eastern Europe (Germany), Libya and Ethiopia (Italy), as well as Korea and Manchuria (Japan).[1] Whether settler colonialism’s paramount purpose was the … Read More

Afro-Asian States, the Congo Crisis, and the United Nations: Solidly United in an Anti-imperial Agenda?

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On 21 November 1960, in the United Nations General Assembly debate the representative of Liberia expressed his regret about “the bitterness that has characterized the discussion” – a bitterness that had come “from the recently independent African States”.[1] The hostile discussions the Liberian delegate referred to were over current events in the Congo. Since its independence on 30 June, the … Read More

Indian and Chinese Anti-imperial Networks in the 1930s and 1940s

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In August 1939, Jawaharlal Nehru, an influential leader of the Indian national movement and the future prime minister of independent India, explained his decision to visit China by evoking solidarity among oppressed people: ‘I go to China because China is the symbol today of magnificent courage in the struggle for freedom, of a determination which has survived untold misery and … Read More

Education between Empires: International Schools in East Asia during the First Half of the Twentieth Century

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In the late nineteenth century, under the global condition, all societies had to newly define their place in an increasingly interconnected world.[1] During the time of the “great divergence”, the industrially leading centres of power made use of their competitive advantages to shape global relations according to their designs.[2] These imperial societies projected their power into the world and pursued … Read More

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