Author Archives: Eva-Maria Muschik

About Eva-Maria Muschik

Eva-Maria Muschik is a lecturer at the Center for Global History at Freie Universität Berlin. She received her doctorate in history from New York University. Her research has focused on international organizations, decolonization, and development.

The Art of Chameleon Politics: From Colonial Servant to International Development Expert

In 1974, Kenneth Sargent, a former British colonial servant turned United Nations employee, received a prestigious award from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his services in development work.1 At the award ceremony at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Sargent’s résumé was distributed to delegates. It deliberately glossed over his colonial service. What should we read into this omission? Scholars have described and criticized international development as the old European civilizing mission under new guise, outlasting the formal end of colonialism. In that Continue reading → Continue reading →