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      Introduction to the Turkish Edition of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa



            Written as an original introduction for the first Turkish-language edition of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, published in 2015 in Ankara, the author provides critical context for Walter Rodney's historically significant and best known work, very much still relevant now almost 50 years later. Extending Rodney's anticolonial interpretation of modern global history and its underlying exploitative relationalities to Turkish-language speakers is an important contribution of this translation, and the introduction aimed at introducing a new audience to Rodney, his life and background, his college and early professional years, his work in Tanzania, Jamaica, Guyana. In the process, a dense political description of the anticolonial 1960s and 1970s contexts Rodney lived in and influenced emerges across the Caribbean, Europe, North America and especially in Africa, where this book was written.


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            Groundings: Development, Pan-Africanism and Critical Theory
            Pluto Journals
            1 July 2018
            : 3
            : 1 ( doiID: 10.13169/groudevepanacrit.3.issue-1 )
            : 6-16
            Binghamton University
            © 2018 Global South Research Consortium

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            African history,African politics,intellectual history,Caribbean politics,Black nationalism,Caribbean philosophy,underdevelopment,Walter Rodney,Pan-Africanism


            1. Dar es Salaam: Tanzania Publishing House; London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications.

            2. Guyana's immediate neighbors to the east, Suriname, formerly the colony of Dutch Guiana, and French Guiana, now officially a department of France rather than a colony, are also linguistically and historically distinct from the Spanish-speaking republics and Brazil.

            3. For a learned pan-Caribbean and pan-American overview of this milieu, see W. F. Santiago-Valles, “The Caribbean Intellectual Tradition that Produced James and Rodney,” Race & Class, 42, 2 (2000), pp. 47-66.

            4. Walter Rodney, Walter Rodney Speaks: The Making of an African Intellectual (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 1990), pp. 5-7. On Rodney's intellectual and political development, see Rupert Charles Lewis, Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998); Edward A. Alpers and Pierre-Michel Fontaine, eds., Walter Rodney, Revolutionary and Scholar: A Tribute (Los Angeles: Center for Afro-American Studies and African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982); Jeffrey D. Howison, “Walter Rodney, African Studies, and the Study of Africa,” Afrika, 1, 1 (2011), pp. 43-66.

            5. (New York: Vintage Books, 1963), 2nd ed., rev.; (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1944).

            6. Rodney, Walter Rodney Speaks, p. 15.

            7. Michael O. West, “Walter Rodney and Black Power: Jamaican Intelligence and US Diplomacy,” African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies [online], 1, 2 (2006): 1-50.

            8. Hugh Trevor-Roper, The Rise of Christian Europe (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965).

            9. Fage left SOAS for the University of Birmingham in 1963.

            10. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975-1986), 8 vols.

            11. Quoted in Lewis, Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought, p. 36.

            12. Rodney, Walter Rodney Speaks, p. 21.

            13. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970).

            14. Rodney, Walter Rodney Speaks, p. 33.

            15. Ibid.

            16. Ibid.

            17. Walter Rodney, “Jamaica Today, Bogle's Reminder: A Statement from Brother Wally (Rodney) in Canada to all the Brothers in Jamaica,” p. 4 (cyclostyle document).

            18. Walter Rodney, The Groundings With My Brothers (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications Ltd, 1969), pp. 51-59.

            19. Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004), p. 278.

            20. (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1935).


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