Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought
Placing Walter Rodney's (1942-1980) work in the larger tradition of West Indian involvement with continental Africa, this study traces the evolution of Rodney's political ideas through examination of his life, his writings on Africa and the Caribbean, and his political practice. A West Indian, Pan-Africanist, and Marxist, Rodney functioned in the intellectual tradition of C. L. R. James, Henry Sylvester-Williams, and George Padmore of Trinidad and Tobago, Theophilus Scholes and Marcus Garvey of Jamaica, and the collective force of the Rastafarian movement -- although his post-colonial -- era perspective set him apart from these earlier figures. Continuing to receive critical attention today, Rodney's work is largely concerned with reconstructing the political economy of the Atlantic slave trade and analyzing its consequences for Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The first three chapters of this study follow Rodney's life from his birth in British Guiana in 1942 through the start of his professional life as a historian at age 24. The remaining seven chapters explore significant issues in his research into African and Caribbean history and vital moments of his political activism from 1966 to his murder in 1980 at age 38. The first single-authored biography of Walter Rodney, this book offers interviews with individuals in the Caribbean and Africa to further exhibit the inspiring life of this eminent scholar and activist.
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UNIVERSITY YEARS 19601966
Chapters ENGLAND 19631966
WALTER RODNEY AND THE WRITING
RODNEY AND THE CULTURAL POLITICS
RODNEYS ACADEMIC AND POLITICAL
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