History

Title

Red Star Over Africa: Examining Chinese Foreign Policy in Africa since the Cold War

Date of Award

2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History

Department

History

First Advisor

Douglas J. Little

Second Advisor

Paul Ropp

Abstract

This paper divides China's African policies into four distinct time periods -- the revolutionary period of the 1960s, the stagnation period of the 1970s, the reforming period of the 1980s, and the new millennium -- with each period marked with a significant historical event. China's voyage did not always have a favorable wind. Instead, suffrages and setbacks are inevitable. China had embraced dramatic policy changes in its approach to Africa throughout this half-century long engagement and used Africa as a springboard to break international isolations and become a qualified global power. By analyzing both western and Chinese sources, this paper provides a unique lens of seeing China's transformation to the modernity from the mid-twentieth century.

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