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How did Dutch colonial institutions govern diversity in North America, the Caribbean, Western Africa and Asia? How can we explain these institutions’ resilience and their lasting impact on modern... [Project]
The project for a General Labour History of Africa (GLHA) is designed to fill the gap in the literature on the history of Africa and to contribute to an effective understanding of work and labour in... [Project]
The South-South Exchange Proramme for Research on the History o|f Development (SEPHIS) is an independent research programme under the aegis of an international Steering Committee consisting of... [Project]
In Framing a Radical African Atlantic Holger Weiss presents a critical outline and analysis of the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers (ITUCNW) and the attempts by the Communist... [Publication]
This section of the web exhibition of photos by Frits Eisenloeffel tracks the journeys of the Dutch journalist Frits Eisenloeffel (1944-2001) in Africa.  In his student days, Frits Eisenloeffel came... [Section]
The commonly held belief in 18th century Britain was that exiling felons was the best option for dealing with crime. By 1785 an island in the Gambia River, West Africa, was the chosen destination for... [Item of the Day]
Formal military conscription had started in the French colonies in Africa before the First World War. Unlike Britain, France sent African conscripts to the main fighting front in France as of 1915.... [Item of the Day]
A small army composed by the Dutch West India Company (WIC) landed on the West African coast to capture the Portuguese trading post Fort Elmina on 24 July 1637. The WIC army comprised 150 local Sabu... [Item of the Day]
On the 996th day of his expedition tracing the course of the Congo river, the British explorer Henry Morton Stanley approached the Portuguese outpost Boma. At this point only 114 of his initial 356... [Item of the Day]
The East African Command of the British and Commonwealth Military Forces was formed on 15 September 1941. A large part of the troops fought outside East Africa, including the Middle East, India and... [Item of the Day]