I thought what he meant by that was the perspective Scramble for Africa has on African colonization is a problematic one in line with the one we’re taught in school (high-level, not acknowledging the tragedies, focused on Europeans). If you’re going to tackle a subject like that, you should bring a different perspective than your audience is expected to have. I’m not sure I agree with it, but it makes some sense.
But I’m not sure that’s what he meant because the later comment about it needing some sort of subversion or payoff seems really wrong. There’s a lot I learned about the Vietnam war playing Fire in the Lake which I think mostly isn’t subversive.
I think this conversation will get me to pick up King Leopold’s Ghost. Never heard of it, looks interesting.