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Open letter to the U.S. Administration by H-France Chief Editor

From H-France.net, via h-france@lists.uakron.edu, 1 March 2017 An Open Letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly On 22 February 2017, our colleague and friend Henry Rousso, a French citizen and eminent scholar of fascism and its continuing memory in France, was detained for more than ten hours at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  He had arrived from France as an invited speaker of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M University. (Professor Rousso’s description of his experience can be found here).  As Professor Rousso recounts, although in possession of a valid visa, he was extensively interrogated, fingerprinted, bodily searched, and threatened with deportation—an outcome which, an officer informed him, would have led to him being handcuffed, chained, and shackled.  Without the intervention of officials from Texas A&M University, Professor Rousso would have been unjustly denied entry to the United States. Professor Rousso’s treatment is deeply disturbing to us as individuals who expect all people to be treated with fundamental human decency.   His treatment also disturbs us as a scholarly community that thrives on international exchange and cooperation.  We attend conferences, participate in seminars, and access libraries, archives, and research […]

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China’s Neo-Imperialism in Africa: Perception or Reality?

 Republished from CIGH Exeter, March 2, 2017. China the Victim: The imperial powers carving up China. Tom Harper University of Surrey Where once China sought communist revolution, it now seeks global economic expansion. As a result, the African continent has been one of the major areas of Chinese foreign economic investment. Numerous studies of China’s Africa policy have appeared in recent years, a number of which accuse China of exploiting resource rich African states or behaving like an imperial power in the continent, most notably Peter Hitchens’s assertion that China is building a ‘slave empire’ in Africa [1]. These views on Chinese policy also reflect the changes in the perceptions of China in the Western mind. The crude stereotypes of the Yellow Peril that dominated Western culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries have given way to a fear that China will follow in the West’s imperial footsteps. In other words, the legacy of imperialism underpins today’s perceptions of China’s foreign policy as well as Chinese identity. Chinese engagement in Africa illuminates the influence of the imperial experience. The initial form of Chinese policy in Africa came as ideological and military assistance to the various anti-colonial movements of the […]

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