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

Mark Ledwidge, Inderjeet Parmar

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-781
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Politics
Volume55
Issue number6
Early online date26 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

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