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Race and the Totalitarian Century - Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (Hardcover) Loot Price: R988
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Race and the Totalitarian Century - Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (Hardcover): Vaughn Rasberry

Race and the Totalitarian Century - Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (Hardcover)

Vaughn Rasberry

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Few concepts evoke the twentieth century's record of war, genocide, repression, and extremism more powerfully than the idea of totalitarianism. Today, studies of the subject are usually confined to discussions of Europe's collapse in World War II or to comparisons between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. In Race and the Totalitarian Century, Vaughn Rasberry parts ways with both proponents and detractors of these normative conceptions in order to tell the strikingly different story of how black American writers manipulated the geopolitical rhetoric of their time. During World War II and the Cold War, the United States government conscripted African Americans into the fight against Nazism and Stalinism. An array of black writers, however, deflected the appeals of liberalism and its antitotalitarian propaganda in the service of decolonization. Richard Wright, W. E. B. Du Bois, Shirley Graham, C. L. R. James, John A. Williams, and others remained skeptical that totalitarian servitude and democratic liberty stood in stark opposition. Their skepticism allowed them to formulate an independent perspective that reimagined the antifascist, anticommunist narrative through the lens of racial injustice, with the United States as a tyrannical force in the Third World but also as an ironic agent of Asian and African independence. Bringing a new interpretation to events such as the Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956, Rasberry's bird's-eye view of black culture and politics offers an alternative history of the totalitarian century.

General

Imprint: Harvard University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2016
Authors: Vaughn Rasberry
Dimensions: 156 x 235 x 40mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 410
ISBN-13: 978-0-674-97108-0
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies > Black studies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights > Civil rights & citizenship
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > From 1900
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > General
LSN: 0-674-97108-6
Barcode: 9780674971080

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