'A Man of the World'. Encounters and articulations of anti-imperialism as cosmopolitanism

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2016 Number 10

'A Man of the World'. Encounters and articulations of anti-imperialism as cosmopolitanism
Fredrik Petersson, pages -

Abstract

The interwar years witnessed the mobilization of anti-imperialist activists as critical and radical petitioners against the oppression of ‘others’. This text focuses on the beliefs and practices of anti-imperialists and their global travel between the two world wars. By emphasising the importance of understanding these anti-imperialist encounters, we can witness the cross-cultural exchanges between peoples and ideas, which were made possible through travel between and across continents. What scope did these journeys have and what did they attain for those involved? The global travel of anti-imperialists shows their struggle as caught between national and international frameworks, and how relationships of anti-imperialism and cosmopolitanism had a radical impact on their lives. Primarily based on accounts in the personal files of the Communist International in Moscow, this article sheds light on how these journeys and meetings between anti-imperialists from Japan, India, Great Britain, South Africa and the USA, shaped their understanding of the world, and informed a counter-narrative that merged anti-imperialism with cosmopolitanism as a political practice in the interwar years.

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Fredrik Petersson (2016) 'A Man of the World'. Encounters and articulations of anti-imperialism as cosmopolitanism, Twentieth Century Communism, 2016(10), -

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