Expert on Kenyan and Algerian Colonization March 2

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2009) – The University of South Florida Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center presents the final speaker in its 2009 lecture series, Fabian Klose, a lecturer at the University of Munich.  His topic is “Colonial Violence in Kenya an Algeria.”   This event will be held in the USF Tampa Library's Grace Allen Room (4th Floor), March 2 at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


Klose will examine the apparent contradiction between the pursuit of universal human rights in Britain and France at the same time these nations increased the use of violence in their colonies. 


“This scholar has argued that the wars of decolonization became some of the first serious challenges to the newly-established codification of international human rights,” said Edward Kissi, assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies.  “His work is very important to gaining an understanding of colonialism and its decline.”


Klose participated in the decolonization seminar presented by the American Historical Association last summer and has published a study of reaction in Britain, France, the Netherlands and Portugal to anti-colonial movements, The Transfer of Strategic Knowledge in the Age of the Wars of Decolonization


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