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By Michelle Ann Stephens

ISBN-10: 0822335883

ISBN-13: 9780822335887

In Black Empire, Michelle Ann Stephens examines the best of “transnational blackness” that emerged within the paintings of radical black intellectuals from the British West Indies within the early 20th century. targeting the writings of Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, and C. L. R. James, Stephens exhibits how those thinkers constructed rules of a global racial circulate and federated worldwide black political neighborhood that transcended the bounds of realms. Stephens highlights key geopolitical and ancient occasions that gave upward thrust to those writers’ highbrow funding in new modes of black political self-determination. She describes their engagement with the destiny of African americans in the burgeoning U.S. empire, their disillusionment with the opportunity of post–World conflict I overseas corporations reminiscent of the League of countries to recognize, not to mention increase, the fabric stipulations of individuals of colour worldwide, and the foundation they took from the Bolshevik Revolution, which provided versions of revolution and neighborhood no longer in response to nationality.

Stephens argues that the worldwide black political recognition she identifies used to be constituted via either radical and reactionary impulses. at the one hand, Garvey, McKay, and James observed freedom of circulate because the foundation of black transnationalism. The Caribbean archipelago—a geographic area excellent to the loose stream of black matters throughout nationwide boundaries—became the metaphoric center in their imaginative and prescient. nevertheless, those 3 writers have been deeply inspired by way of the information of militarism, empire, and male sovereignty that formed worldwide political discourse within the early 20th century. As such, their imaginative and prescient of transnational blackness excluded women’s political subjectivities. Drawing jointly insights from American, African American, Caribbean, and gender experiences, Black Empire is a big contribution to ongoing conversations approximately state and diaspora.

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