Clash of pans: pan-Africanism and pan-Anglo-Saxonism and the global colour line, 1919–1945

Ledwidge, M. and Parmar, I. Clash of pans: pan-Africanism and pan-Anglo-Saxonism and the global colour line, 1919–1945. International Politics. ISSN 1384-5748. (In Press)

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Abstract

The article demonstrates both conceptually and empirically that pan-Anglo-Saxonist knowledge networks reconstructed and reimagined an apparently de-racialised, scientific, sober and liberal world order that outwardly abandoned, but did not eradicate the twin phenomena of racism and imperialism. Rather the new liberal (imperial) internationalists, organised in newly formed “think tanks” such as Chatham House and the Council on Foreign Relations, and through their increasingly global elite networks, mounted a top-down battle for minds at home and in the wider world. Operating in state-private elite networks, they drove the movement to manage change and develop a new liberal world order particularly to contain pan-Africanists who combatted the domination and exploitation of Africans worldwide. More broadly, we indicate that the pragmatic response to the extremes of Nazi ideology and a countering movement from the cadres of Asian, African and African American intellectuals, anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles within the national and global context, forced the Anglo-centric elites to promote change, albeit limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pan-Anglo-Saxonism; Pan-Africanism; knowledge networks; elite power; racialisation; liberal imperial internationalism
Subjects: E History America
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Mark Ledwidge
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 14:28
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 12:15
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15628

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