perspectivesonafrica returns from a short hiatus having attended an international collaborative workshop at Peking University on the subjects of Africa, Britain and empire. In this three part post of we outline the papers given over the two day colloqium with video links, photo diaries and more to follow:
Part 1 includes papers by perspectivesonafrica editor Nick Grant (University of Leeds), Chien-Yuen Chen (National Taiwan University), and Li Xin (Peking University).
Nicholas Grant, University of Leeds
‘American Imperialism and the Development of South African Apartheid, 1945-1960’.
This paper outlined the expansion of U.S. imperialism in Africa between 1945 and 1960. By documenting American economic, political and military investment in South Africa, Nick Grant argued that the United States government played an important role in the development of South African apartheid in this period. In addition to this, the paper also questioned the meaning of the terms ‘empire’ and ‘imperialism’ in the context of African decolonisation and the global black response to increased American investment on the continent.
Chien-Yuen Chen, National Taiwan University
‘Josiah Tucker on the Separation of American Colonies from Great Britain’.
This paper explored the anti-imperial arguments of the Anglican clergyman and political commentator Josiah Tucker (1713-99). Using Tucker’s extensive political writings, Chen-Yuen expertly analysed the debates surrounding colonialism in America and the positive and negative impact of empire on Britain as a nation.
Li Xin, Peking University
‘The Struggle over the High Commission Territories between Britain and South Africa(1909-1961)’.
Li Xin traced the changes that occurred in the relationship between Great Britain and South Africa from 1945-1961. In order to do this he examined the disputes that developed around the future of High Commission Territories and the relationship between Great Britain and the Union of South Africa. Li Xin convincingly argued that the future of the High Commission Territories was the core issue that shaped the relationship between South Africa and the Commonwealth.