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This conference brought together an international group of historians to re-examine Africa's role in World War II and the war's impact on African communities.
Participating scholars addressed a lacuna in African history and World War II studies, of which both literatures largely construct Africa as incidental to the war and the war as tangential to Africa's history.
Participants highlighted Africa's vast contribution in terms of labor and resources and drew on examples from North and sub-Saharan Africa demonstrating the weakness of the conventional narrative that primarily concentrates on North Africa. Drawing on insights from several fields including spatial analysis, cultural studies, gender analysis, and environmental history, the papers at this conference illuminated the distinctive social, economic and political changes the war generated on the continent, providing a much richer and textured cultural and social history of the war.