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The Resource Race and the totalitarian century : geopolitics in the Black literary imagination, Vaughn Rasberry

Race and the totalitarian century : geopolitics in the Black literary imagination, Vaughn Rasberry

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Race and the totalitarian century : geopolitics in the Black literary imagination
Title
Race and the totalitarian century
Title remainder
geopolitics in the Black literary imagination
Statement of responsibility
Vaughn Rasberry
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Few concepts evoke the twentieth century's record of total war, genocide, repression, and extremism more powerfully than the idea of totalitarianism: the ideological core of narratives of World War II and the Cold War. Yet the totalitarian experience, this book contends, shaped and was shaped by narratives of the rise and fall of the world color line. Extant works continue to confine the study of totalitarianism to Europe's collapse in World War II or to comparisons between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Race and the Totalitarian Century parts ways with proponents and detractors of these normative conceptions to tell a strikingly different story. This story crystallizes in midcentury efforts by U.S. state actors to conscript Black Americans and their colonial counterparts into the global antitotalitarian struggle. For some critics, these efforts reoriented Black political actors around U.S. liberalism, or propelled them defiantly and misguidedly into the Communist sphere. By contrast, this book shows how an array of Black writers deflected, reimagined, and manipulated the appeals of liberalism and its antitotalitarian rhetoric in the service of decolonization. This skeptical view of the wartime opposition of totalitarian slavery and democratic freedom, the author argues, enabled writers like Richard Wright, W.E.B. Du Bois, Shirley Graham, C.L.R. James, and John A. Williams to formulate a powerful independent perspective from which to diagnose the convergence of the Cold War and the color line. Shedding new light on watersheds like the Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956, this book develops a bird's-eye view of Black culture and politics that is at once an alternative history of the totalitarian century.--
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Rasberry, Vaughn
Dewey number
323.1196/073
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.6
LC item number
.R36 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American authors
  • African Americans
  • Totalitarianism and literature
  • Geopolitics in literature
  • Racism
  • Politics and literature
Label
Race and the totalitarian century : geopolitics in the Black literary imagination, Vaughn Rasberry
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Publication
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  • 31223118838235
  • 31223118838227
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-467) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part One. Race and the totalitarian century -- The figure of the Negro soldier: racial democracy and world war -- Our totalitarian critics: desegregation, decolonization, and the Cold War -- In the twilight of empire: the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 and the Black public sphere -- Part Two. How to build socialist modernity in the third world -- The right to fail: the communist hypothesis of W.E.B. Du Bois -- From Nkrumah's Ghana to Nasser's Egypt: Shirley Graham as partisan -- Bandung or barbarism: Richard Wright on terror in freedom -- Conclusion: memory and paranoia
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
488 pages
Isbn
9780674971080
Lccn
2016009529
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 943710007
  • 943710007
  • 943710007
  • (OCoLC)943710007
Label
Race and the totalitarian century : geopolitics in the Black literary imagination, Vaughn Rasberry
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223118838235
  • 31223118838227
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-467) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part One. Race and the totalitarian century -- The figure of the Negro soldier: racial democracy and world war -- Our totalitarian critics: desegregation, decolonization, and the Cold War -- In the twilight of empire: the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 and the Black public sphere -- Part Two. How to build socialist modernity in the third world -- The right to fail: the communist hypothesis of W.E.B. Du Bois -- From Nkrumah's Ghana to Nasser's Egypt: Shirley Graham as partisan -- Bandung or barbarism: Richard Wright on terror in freedom -- Conclusion: memory and paranoia
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
488 pages
Isbn
9780674971080
Lccn
2016009529
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 943710007
  • 943710007
  • 943710007
  • (OCoLC)943710007

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