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W.E.B. Du Bois’s International Thought, w/ Adom Getachew

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W.E.B. Du Bois’s International Thought, w/ Adom Getachew


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Adom Getachew is one of the great thinkers of our time.

Her 2019 book, Worldmaking After Empire, even inspired the way I framed my upcoming book—Grand Strategies of the Left—as a project of progressive worldmaking.

Adom is also co-editor (with Jennifer Pitts) of a fantastic new book on the works of W.E.B. Du Bois—one of the OG theorists of international relations, among many other things.

In this episode, we talk about Du Bois’s life and Du Bois-ian thought as a prism for making sense of the world, including:

  • The global color line and its limits for understanding IR

  • Du Bois’s complicated attitude toward violence versus pacifism

  • Strategies for trying to make change as a public intellectual

  • How he viewed World War I, and how that view changed with time

  • His blind spots on gender equality and empire—especially imperial Japan

  • How Du Bois viewed capitalism and Marxism

  • Why the Cold War is the reason I (and probably you) never learned about Du Bois in school.

Check it out!

W.E.B. Du Bois: International Thought (by Adom Getachew and Jennifer Pitts)


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