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Race and the totalitarian century : geopolitics in the Black literary imagination

Author: Vaughn Rasberry
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vaughn Rasberry
ISBN: 9780674971080 0674971086
OCLC Number: 943710007
Description: 488 pages ; 25 cm
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.
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Vaughn Rasberry turns to black culture and politics for an alternative history of the totalitarian century. He shows how black writers reimagined the standard anti-fascist, anti-communist narrative  Read more...

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Vaughn Rasberry has captivatingly narrated twentieth-century Black letters through the lens of the Cold War, anticolonialism and Civil Rights. With an adept and detailed consideration of Read more...

 
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