Drawing the Global Colour Line White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality

ISBN-10: 0521707528
ISBN-13: 9780521707527
Edition: 2008
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 382
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

In 1900 W. E. B. DuBois prophesied that the colour line would be the key problem of the twentieth-century and he later identified one of its key dynamics: the new religion of whiteness that was sweeping the world. Whereas most historians have confined their studies of race-relations to a national framework, this book offers a pioneering study of the transnational circulation of people and ideas, racial knowledge and technologies that under-pinned the construction of self-styled white men's countries from South Africa, to North America and Australasia. Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds show how in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century these countries worked in solidarity to exclude those they defined as not-white, actions that provoked a long international struggle for racial equality. Their findings make clear the centrality of struggles around mobility and sovereignty to modern formulations of both race and human rights.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Modern mobilities
The coming man: Chinese migration to the goldfields
Discursive frameworks
The American Commonwealth and the 'negro problem'
'The day will come': Charles Pearson's disturbing prophecy
Theodore Roosevelt's re-assertion of racial vigour
Imperial brotherhood or white? Gandhi in South Africa
Transnational solidarities
White Australia points the way
Defending the Pacific Slope
White ties across the ocean: the Pacific tour of the US fleet
The Union of South Africa: white men reconcile
Challenge and consolidation
International conferences: cosmopolitan amity or racial enmity?
Japanese alienation and imperial ambition
Racial equality? The Paris Peace Conference, 1919
Immigration restriction in the 1920s: 'segregation on a large scale'
Towards universal human rights
Individual rights without distinction
Index

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