The Cold War in West Africa

The Cold War wasn’t just limited to nuclear tensions and competition between the great powers. 

What’s often overlooked is that major transformations took place in the 1950s and 60s across West Africa, as power transferred from colonial powers such as Britain & France to independent African nations.

In this episode, James is joined by Professor Marco Wyss from Lancaster University to discuss the fascinating postcolonial story behind West Africa’s Cold War.

Marco's book Postcolonial Security: Britain, France, and West Africa's Cold War is available via Oxford University Press.

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