From the 1960s to the 1980s, when anti-colonial liberation struggles coincided with the height of the global Cold War, Southern Africa became a key point in the movement of people and ideas across the globe. Armies were made whose soldiers were motivated by the desire for freedom at home, but which were also marked by the exchange of ideas about strategy, tactics and soldiering from elsewhere in Africa and the world. These ‘global soldiers’ and the exchange of ideas that shaped them are at the centre of this research project.

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Project team

Jocelyn Alexander, University of Oxford: Principal investigator

Arianna Lissoni, University of the Witwatersrand: Research officer

JoAnn McGregor, University of Sussex: Co-investigator

Justin Pearce, University of Stellenbosch: Research officer

Daria Zelenova, University of Oxford: Research officer