User:Brigade Piron/Africa in World War II
|This page in a nutshell: Africa's history in WWII is massively under-represented on Wikipedia; it's important; you can help!|
World War II was, ultimately, a "World War" and the fact that African countries have not got the coverage they deserve on Wikipedia is certainly something that should be tackled. It's also important to remember that, though the role of a minority which fought in colonial armies should not be forgotten, the vast majority of the "African experience" of WWII was non-military and thus cannot be treated in articles such as Military history of South Africa during World War II. There is therefore a need for "X in World War II" articles, whose scope covers the economic, political and social history of the period, to bridge this gulf.
In the words of another user:
|“||The purpose of this article is to examine the impact of World War II on [X]... It's not meant to be a military history article per se||”|
List of required articles
Here's a list of articles which will have to be dealt with at some point; with helpful suggestions of sub-articles to include...
- French West Africa in World War II (Currently exclusively on battles fought in the territory during the war)
- French Equatorial Africa in World War II
- Algeria in World War II
- Tunisia in World War II
- Madagascar in World War II
- Morocco in World War II
British colonies and protectorates
- Gold Coast in World War II (modern-day Ghana)
- Anglo-Egyptian Sudan in World War II
- Nigeria in World War II
- Nyasaland in World War II
- Nyasaland African Congress (f. 1944)
- Kenya Colony in World War II
- Uganda in World War II
- Egypt in World War II (Current redirect to Military History of Egypt in WWII)
- British Somaliland in World War II
- Northern and Southern Rhodesia in World War II
- South Africa in World War II (Current redirect to Military History of SA in WWII)
Other colonies & "independent":
- Belgian Congo in World War II
- Ruanda-Urundi in World War II
- Ruzagayura famine (1943-4)
- Liberia in World War II
- Italian East Africa in World War II
- Libya in World War II
Pages requiring "Africanisation"
Notes on naming
It seems logical to divide Africa along the lines that it was at the time for the purposes of the article. Modern Somalia, for example, was both French, Italian and British so joining the history to the modern country seems pretty weird. At the same time though, for the area of modern Ethiopia, "Italian East Africa in World War II" may be considered to have stopped in 1941 (with the Allied invasion) which causes certain problems.
At the same time, we have the issue of whether to include "French" or "British" etc. in article titles. To some extent, this can be left to common sense: using the title "French" in "French West Africa" is obviously crucial to its meaning, yet for countries like Nigeria which have kept roughly the same borders, it perhaps makes more sense to leave it...