Merhaba Misafir

The work of peace: History, imperialism, and peacekeeping


The size and complexity of recent peacebuilding mandates have led scholars to liken these efforts to imperialism, but most are quick to dismiss any deeper comparison. This article argues against such assumptions by using the 1884-1885 Berlin West Africa Conference and the Congo Free State crisis to show that the Scramble for Africa fits within the definition of multilateralism and that European imperialism was, at the time, also seen as a humanitarian endeavor. Peacebuilding and imperialism are very different enterprises, but acknowledging their connections enables peacekeepers to draw lessons from the imperial past and better understand its continued implications for the present. The article also considers how imperial scholarship can inform efforts to increase civic participation in peacebuilding as well as the way we think about and categorize peacebuilding in Africa.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : Insight Turkey
  • Yıl : 2019
  • DOI : 10.25253/99.2019211.05
  • Cilt : 21
  • ISSN : 1302-177X
  • Sayı : 1
  • eISSN : 1302-177X
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 53-76
  • IO Kayıt No : 86870
  • Yayıncı : SETA Vakfı