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This project provides the first comparative historical analysis – local, national and transnational – of the Central African copperbelt. This globally strategic mineral region is central to the history of two nation-states (Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)), as well as wider debates about the role of mineral wealth in development.

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Image courtesy of Barbara Hall

The project is led by Professor Miles Larmer in Oxford and is funded by the ERC under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. It is jointly hosted by the Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford History Faculty and the African Studies Centre, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Oxford.

Podcast: Miles Larmer introduces the project at a recent seminar.