Worldmaking after Empire
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Worldmaking after Empire

The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination

Adom Getachew

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Worldmaking after Empire

The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination

Adom Getachew

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Decolonization revolutionized the international order during the twentieth century. Yet standard histories that present the end of colonialism as an inevitable transition from a world of empires to one of nations—a world in which self-determination was synonymous with nation-building—obscure just how radical this change was. Drawing on the political thought of anticolonial intellectuals and statesmen such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, W.E.B Du Bois, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, Eric Williams, Michael Manley, and Julius Nyerere, this important new account of decolonization reveals the full extent of their unprecedented ambition to remake not only nations but the world.Adom Getachew shows that African, African American, and Caribbean anticolonial nationalists were not solely or even primarily nation-builders. Responding to the experience of racialized sovereign inequality, dramatized by interwar Ethiopia and Liberia, Black Atlantic thinkers and politicians challenged international racial hierarchy and articulated alternative visions of worldmaking. Seeking to create an egalitarian postimperial world, they attempted to transcend legal, political, and economic hierarchies by securing a right to self-determination within the newly founded United Nations, constituting regional federations in Africa and the Caribbean, and creating the New International Economic Order.Using archival sources from Barbados, Trinidad, Ghana, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, Worldmaking after Empire recasts the history of decolonization, reconsiders the failure of anticolonial nationalism, and offers a new perspective on debates about today's international order.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. INTRODUCTION. Worldmaking after Empire
  8. CHAPTER 1. A Political Theory of Decolonization
  9. CHAPTER 2. The Counterrevolutionary Moment: Preserving Racial Hierarchy in the League of Nations
  10. CHAPTER 3. From Principle to Right: The Anticolonial Reinvention of Self-Determination
  11. CHAPTER 4. Revisiting the Federalists in the Black Atlantic
  12. CHAPTER 5. The Welfare World of the New International Economic Order
  13. EPILOGUE. The Fall of Self-Determination
  14. Notes
  15. Bibliography
  16. Index
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APA 6 Citation

Getachew, A. (2019). Worldmaking after Empire ([edition unavailable]). Princeton University Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2019)

Chicago Citation

Getachew, Adom. (2019) 2019. Worldmaking after Empire. [Edition unavailable]. Princeton University Press.

Harvard Citation

Getachew, A. (2019) Worldmaking after Empire. [edition unavailable]. Princeton University Press. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Getachew, Adom. Worldmaking after Empire. [edition unavailable]. Princeton University Press, 2019. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.