In order to think theoretically about our global age it is important to understand how the global has been conceived historically. 'Eurafrica' was an intellectual endeavor and political project that from the 1920s saw Europe's future survival - its continued role in history - as completely bound up with Europe's successful merger with Africa. In its time the concept of Eurafrica was tremendously influential in the process of European integration.
Today the project is largely forgotten, yet the idea continues to influence EU policy towards its African 'partner'. The book will recover a critical conception of the nexus between Europe and Africa - a relationship of significance across the humanities and social sciences. In assessing this historical concept the authors shed light on the process of European integration, African decolonization and the current conflictual relationship between Europe and Africa.
About the Author
Peo Hansen is Professor in the Institute for Research in Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University, Sweden.
Stefan Jonsson is Professor of Ethnic Studies at Linköping University, Sweden.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface
1. Introduction: The Past that Europe Forgot
2. A Holy Alliance of Colonising Powers: The Interwar Period
3. Making Europe in Africa: The First Postwar Decade
4. The Eurafrican Relaunch: The Rome Treaty Negotiations, 1955–1957
5. Conclusion: Ending Colonialism by Securing its Continuation