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Violence and conflict in Lagos: 1939 – 1945

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This paper will examine the changes that took place metropolitan Lagos during the Second World War. Although many Nigerians went to fight on the South East Asian front in Burma, there was no direct conflict within the borders of Nigeria. Nonetheless, the wartime political economy provoked dramatic social changes in Lagos. The conflict not only gave rise a more strident form of nationalist politics, but also led to changes in kinship structures, cultural practices and business networks. Discussion of these changes will be accompanied by a general consideration of the historiographical questions that arise in discussing warfare in the context of West Africa.

This talk is part of the Violence and Conflict Graduate Workshop, Faculty of History series.

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