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Imperialism, race, and resistance : Africa and Britain, 1919-1945
Bush, Barbara, 1946-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xviii, 394 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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DT502 .B87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Imperialism, Race and Resistance marks an important new development in the study of British and imperial interwar history.
Focusing on Britain, West Africa and South Africa, Imperialism, Race and Resistance charts the growth of anti-colonial resistance and opposition to racism in the prelude to the 'post-colonial' era. The complex nature of imperial power in explored, as well as its impact on the lives and struggles of black men and women in Africa and the African diaspora.
Barbara Bush argues that tensions between white dreams of power and black dreams of freedom were seminal in transofrming Britain's relationship with Africa in an era bounded by global war and shaped by ideological conflict.

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Choice Review

The subtitle of this book is a more accurate reflection of its subject, but even that is too general an indication of its content. The work is in essence a study of the political activities of the people of African descent and their allies in Britain. It is based largely on published sources, both primary and secondary, and is somewhat encyclopedic in its coverage. The index works as an excellent tool for ferreting out the activities of practically every colonial critic or antiracist who either lived in Britain or visited during the years 1919-45. These activities are discussed at some length in terms of postmodernist, Marxist, and feminist theoretical positions (all found wanting), but the reader is left without much of a line of interpretation. Bush seems to see the whole story as victimography, which tends to lead to some confusion between racism and imperialism, not necessarily the same phenomena. There are, after all, certain important differences between advocates of colonial reforms leading to eventual self-government (who might nevertheless remain unconvinced of the equal capabilities of all races) and the advocates of slavery, apartheid, or the salutary effects of the lynch mob. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. J. E. Flint; Dalhousie University

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: why imperialism, race and resistance?
1 Africa after the First World War: race and imperialism redefined? West Africa
2 Britain's imperial hinterland: colonialism in West Africa
3 Expatriate society: race, gender and the culture of imperialism
4 'Whose dream was it anyway?' Anti-colonial protest in West Africa, 1929-45 South Africa
5 Forging the racist state: imperialism, race and labour in Britain's 'white dominion'
6 'Knocking on the white man's door': repression and resistance 7.'Fighting for the underdog': British liberals and the South African 'native question' Britain
8 Into the heart of empire: black Britain
9 Into the heart of empire: the 'race problem'
10 The winds of change : towards a new imperialism in Africa? Retrospective: Africa and the African diaspora in a 'post-imperial' world
Notes and references