By Barbara Bush
Imperialism, Race and Resistance marks a huge new improvement within the examine of British and imperial interwar history.Focusing on Britain, West Africa and South Africa, Imperialism, Race and Resistance charts the expansion of anti-colonial resistance and competition to racism within the prelude to the 'post-colonial' period. The complicated nature of imperial strength in explored, in addition to its impression at the lives and struggles of black women and men in Africa and the African diaspora.Barbara Bush argues that tensions among white goals of energy and black desires of freedom have been seminal in transofrming Britain's courting with Africa in an period bounded by means of international conflict and formed through ideological clash.
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African redemption from imperialism was thus fundamental to reclaiming ‘Africa for the Africans’. He ran correspondence courses through the UNIA, teaching African history. He also advocated black self-help and industrial/ vocational training along the lines developed by the black American, Booker T. Washington, Introduction 15 (whose ideas on accommodationist ‘negro’ education were, ironically, highly influential among some colonial educators, as we will see in Chapter one). Garveyism had a strong populist appeal in Africa and its diaspora.
In the unconscious white mind, he argued, black still symbolised ‘death, evil and misfortune’ and the association between dirt, dark skin and the primitive was a strong element in physical aversion to blacks. 32 The ‘idea of Africa’ is thus a product of the West, conceived through conflicting systems of knowledge, myths, colonial mappings and one-dimensional African identities. It has a long history spanning back to the fabulous geographic mappings of the African interior and exotic imaginings that have captured the minds of Europeans from first contact with the continent.
9 Africa after the First World War 23 The Round Table Group (also called the ‘Cliveden Set’ or ‘Milner Kindergarten’ after Lord Alfred Milner, Colonial Secretary during the First World War) penetrated high politics and engineered important shifts in imperial thinking. Quigley (1981) suggests that the group evolved from a provision in a secret will made out by Cecil Rhodes in which he left a fortune to promote a ‘Society of the Elect’, modelled on the Jesuits. The journal, The Round Table (1910–), promoted Rhodes’ ideal of a ‘white commonwealth’ – a world united into a federal structure around the United Kingdom, the apogee of Anglo-Saxon culture and the most grandiose dream of imperial power yet articulated.
Imperialism, Race and Resistance: Africa and Britain 1919-1945 by Barbara Bush