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Michelle M. Pinto
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)

France and the Construction of Postwar Africa, 1946-1966

Summer research and writing on African, European and Political History.

My project entails the transformation of my dissertation on the decolonization of French Africa into a book. My study's central objective is to evaluate the precise mechanisms by which the decolonization process and construction of a post-colonial relationship took place during the crucial years of transition after World War II. To this end, I investigate the transnational creation of an African elite for French Africa, examining the education and career trajectories of over two thousand Africans trained in France in this period at prestigious administrative training schools and slated to occupy key positions as upper-level officials in their new nations. I explore also the constellation of training programs set up for this purpose across Africa. My study is the first to analyze the origins of Africanization-the replacement of Frenchmen running colonial states with African civil servants-and its centrality to the reconfigured Europe-Africa relationship that marked the independence era.

Project fields:
African History; European History; Political History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015