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World War II Re-explored

Some New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples, Stephanie James and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

This volume is a collection of thirty papers written by authors from around the world. The writers focus on topics related to their own research interests. As a result, readers obtain a worldwide perspective on World War II from academics working on nearly every continent, proving that World War II was, probably, the first ever truly global experience for humanity. Present are many and different perspectives on the war. Eighty years after the end of World War II, these academics share their knowledge and reflections about a gruesome, but still not very remote time. In the new millennium, their studies should remind readers that the ‘end of history’ has been an impossible illusion and warn that peace and stability in international relations are not a given.

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The Second World War and Africa – New Considerations within Colonial Context


Abstract: The Second World War had tremendous impact on Africa. It influenced all stakeholders in the colonial relationship – the coloniser and the colonised alike. Their attitudes and considerations evolved significantly, nothing was similar to the pre-war world. Some of the war’s most important battles were fought in Africa. The war was ultimately directed by big powers which had a critical approach to colonialism – the Soviet Union and the USA. Their military might was much superior to that of the colonial powers like Britain and France. In addition, England was bombed, and France occupied showing the vulnerability of colonial masters. The participation of African soldiers in almost all the military campaigns of the Second World War resulted in the colonial metropolis being obliged to take into consideration the huge human contribution of African societies into the Allied war effort when planning the post-war future of their empires. The individual war experiences of a number of African soldiers partly explains the emergence of a new kind of political activities in almost all the colonies of the continent. Concerning the French situation, the Conference of Brazzaville in 1944 had an impact in North Africa when the AML (Friends of the Manifesto and Freedom) became a real mass movement in Algeria. The RDA (African Democratic Assembly) in Sub-Saharan Africa developed as the largest political party in the whole continent. The British colonial possessions witnessed the same kind of experience with the Pan-African Conference in Manchester. The decolonisation of these 2 empires of...

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