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Bringing Africa as a 'Dowry to Europe': European Integration and the Eurafrican Project
2011 (English)In: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1369-801X, E-ISSN 1469-929X, Vol. 13, no 3, 443-463 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract This essay examines the history of the "Eurafrican project" as it evolved from the Pan-European movement in the 1920s to its institutionalization in the European Economic Community (EEC) (i.e. today's EU) in the late 1950s. As shown in the essay, practically all of the visions, movements and concrete institutional arrangements working towards European integration during this period placed Africa's incorporation into the European enterprise as a central objective. As so much of the scholarly, political and journalistic accounts at the time testify, European integration was inextricably bound up with a Eurafrican project. According to the intellectual, political and institutional discourse on Eurafrica - or the fate of Europe's colonial enterprise - a future European community presupposed the transformation of the strictly national colonial projects into a joint European colonization of Africa. Indeed, there is strong evidence to suggest that these ideas were instrumental in the actual diplomatic and political constitution of the EEC, or of Europe as a political subject. The essay discusses the conspicuous absence of these matters from scholarship on European integration and its historical origins and trajectory. It also notes that it is equally neglected in postcolonial studies, which should be able to provide the theoretical and historical tools to engage with the complex and instructive issues with which the Eurafrican project and its intimate links to the history of European integration confront today's scholars.

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2011. Vol. 13, no 3, 443-463 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13785DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2011.597600ISI: 000299821800005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80052634567OAI: diva2:463465
Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2011-12-09 Last updated: 2015-05-18Bibliographically approved

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