Across Africa, the struggle between the forces of capitalism and communism sparked coups, revolutions and political divisions, resulting in a huge impact on Africa’s post-independence landscape. In 1960 Moscow rightly judged anti-colonial fervour to be a good fit with Marxism and Soviet embassies were set up in many African countries. But was there a Soviet strategy for taking over Africa? To what extent was the USSR aware of political structures in Africa and the needs of those countries which it supported? What were the impacts of the Cold War on African national identities?
Speakers: Dr Miles Larmer, University of Oxford, Dr Christabelle Peters, University of Warwick, Dr Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS, University of London.
Chair: Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society
This event was part of Calvert 22's Red Africa Season.
Image: Yevgeniy Fiks poster, 1932