Posted inSecond World War

Nazi plans to merge Africa with Europe into “Eurafrica” during World War II unveiled

While the German invasion of Poland in 1939 marks the official start of World War II, one of the early flashpoints was Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia four years prior. This introduced the threat of fascism to European peace and order by disrupting the colonial power balance in Africa, according to historian Andrew Denning of the […]

Posted inModern Era

A fly-whisk provoked the French occupation of Algeria and the establishment of the protectorate

Most readers will be aware of the historical link between France and Algeria, if only because of the number of immigrants from the North African country on French soil or, above all, because of the famous people who have Algerian ancestors or roots, such as the sportsmen Zidane and Benzemá or the minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. […]

Posted inModern Era

The embarrassing human zoos of the colonial era

In 2012, the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, an institution dedicated to ethnology and anthropology, organized an exhibition entitled Exhibitions. L’invention du sauvage, which, through photos, posters, films and postcards, and driven by French ex-footballer Lilian Thuram, reminded the public of the embarrassing existence until very shortly before unusual zoos that exhibited human beings […]