Gordian Knot Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order

ISBN-10: 0199855617
ISBN-13: 9780199855612
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ryan M. Irwin
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Book details

List price: $32.49
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/20/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Writing more than one hundred years ago, African American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois speculated that the great dilemma of the twentieth century would be the problem of "the color line." Nowhere was the dilemma of racial discrimination more entrenched--and more complex--than South Africa.This book looks at South Africa's freedom struggle in the years surrounding African decolonization, and it uses the global apartheid debate to explore the way new nation-states changed the international community during the mid-twentieth century.At the highpoint of decolonization, South Africa's problems shaped a transnational conversation about nationhood. Arguments about racial justice, which crested as Europe relinquished imperial control of Africa and the Caribbean, elided a deeper contest over the meaning of sovereignty, territoriality, and development.This contest was influenced--and had an impact on--the United States. Initially hopeful that liberal international institutions would amicably resolve the color line problem, Washington lost confidence as postcolonial diplomats took control of the U.N. agenda. The result was not only America's abandonment of the universalisms that propelled decolonization, but also the unraveling of the liberal order that remade politics during the twentieth century.Based on research in African, American, and European archives,Gordian Knotadvances a bold new interpretation about African decolonization's relationship to American power. The book promises to shed light on U.S. foreign relations with the Third World and recast our understanding of liberal internationalism's fate after World War II.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Opening the Curtain
Winds of Change
Architects and Earthquakes
Defining the Debate
Africa for the Africans
White Redoubt
Halls of Justice
The Status Quo
Looking Outward
Conclusion: Toward a New Order
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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