Redes // International Network for the Study of the Great War in Africa

Since the end of the 19th century Africa stood out as an agent in the globalization process; acting both as an element of direct action, particularly through the exploitation of its natural resources in the widest sense possible, but also through the unique features of its political situation as regards international relations. During the “Belle Époque” the network of transactions of goods and people had spread considerably, bringing remote and peripheral places, like the African territories, closer to the centre of the world-economy.In 1914 when the First World War started all major European powers, with the exception of the Habsburg Empire, ruled over territories outside Europe. Although most of the clashes have occurred on European soil, the involvement of the African continent played an essential role within the Great War, which was a fundamental expression of the globalization of the conflict: for over four years Africa provided human and material resources on an unprecedented scale to the Western Front. From the “black continent” standpoint, it is worth to note, how the First World War contrasted in terms of objectives, impact, scale and duration with the many conflicts that erupted throughout the nineteenth century, conducted mainly against native populations, and motivated by local and limited objectives.
The first World War represented a defining moment, introducing a profound break in the course of European and global contemporary history, whose rupturing and long-lasting effects significantly involved, marked and influenced the population and the history of all European empires in Africa. Yet, this particular front continues to be one of the less studied aspects of the Great War.
Collaborative research and interdisciplinary exchange among members will be encouraged.

Membership is free


Ana Paula Pires (IHC and FCSH-UNL)
Anne Samson (Great War in East Africa Association)
Maria Fernanda Rollo (IHC and FCSH-UNL)
Melvin E. Page, East Tennessee State University
Michael Neiberg (US Army War College)
Michelle Moyd (Indiana University – Bloomington)
Pierre Purseigle (Yale University)
Remy Porte (Service Historique de la Défense)
Richard Fogarty (University at Albany – SUNY)
Santanu Das (King’s College – University of London)

Abou Jeng , University of Warwick
Adebayo Lawal, University of Lagos
Alan Hawk, National Museum of Health and Medicine
Àngels Carles, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
Anette Hoffmann, University of Cape Town
Antonio Garcia, University of South Africa
Baba G. Jallow, Creighton University
Catherine Lee Porter, University of Cambridge
Charles Thomas, USMA , West Point
Charles V. Reed, Elizabeth City State University – North Carolina
Christian Koller, Bangor University
Chuck Steinmetz,
Cláudio Forjaz, Instituto de Geografia e História Militar do Brasil
Daniel Steinbach, Trinity College, Dublin
Elizabeth Frierson, University of Cincinnati
Francesco Correale, CNRS – Université F. Rabelais
George Njung , University of Michigan
Gilbert Wells,
Jacob Zollmann, University of Berlin
Jan Van der Fraenen, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, Brussels
Janet Butler, Latrobe University, Melbourne
Jean, Noell Grandhomme, Strasbourg University
John Seriot, University College, Norway
Juergen Zimmerer, University of Hamburg
Kenneth J. Orosz, Buffalo State College
Liz Haines, RHUL – U.K.
Mahon Murphy, London School of Economics
Maria Letícia Galluzzi Bizzo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Mary, Lynn Suttie, Unisa Library – University of South Africa
Mark E. Grotelueschen, USAF Academy – Colorado
Michael Charney, University of Tokio
Mike Yared,
Mustafa Aksakal, Georgetown University
Neil Parsons, Independent Scholar
Paul Emmanuel, Artist
Remy Porte, Service Historique de la Défense
Richard Warren,
Saliou Abba,
Simone Pelizza, University of Leeds
Tait Keller, Rhodes College, Memphis
Vincent Joly, Université Rennes2
Yussuf Babatunde

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