By Ryan M. Irwin

Writing a couple of hundred years in the past, African American pupil W.E.B. Du Bois speculated that the nice quandary of the 20th century could be the challenge of "the colour line." Nowhere was once the hindrance of racial discrimination extra entrenched-and extra complex-than South Africa.

Gordian Knot examines South Africa's freedom fight within the years surrounding African decolonization, utilizing the worldwide apartheid debate to discover the best way new realms replaced the foreign neighborhood through the mid-twentieth century. on the highpoint of decolonization, South Africa's difficulties formed a transnational dialog approximately nationhood. Arguments approximately racial justice, which crested as Europe relinquished imperial keep an eye on of Africa and the Caribbean, elided a deeper contest over the that means of sovereignty, territoriality, and development.

Based on study in African, American, and eu data, Gordian Knot advances a daring new interpretation approximately African decolonization's dating to American energy. In so doing, it provides to make clear U.S. overseas relatives with the 3rd global and recast understandings of the destiny of liberal internationalism after global conflict II.

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