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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 2 edition (31 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807848298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807848296
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I can say, without a trace of hyperbole, that this book changed my life.

Robin D. G. Kelley, from the Foreword"

"Black Marxism" provides a well-documented foundation upon which to build ideological and mass social movements."Phylon"

"A towering achievement. There is simply nothing like it in the history of black radical thought.

Cornel West, "Monthly Review""

"Reflective and thought-provoking, a welcome contribution to the African/Afro-American studies discipline.

"Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism""

I can say, without a trace of hyperbole, that this book changed my life.

Robin D. G. Kelley, from the Foreword

A towering achievement. There is simply nothing like it in the history of black radical thought.

Cornel West, "Monthly Review"

Reflective and thought-provoking, a welcome contribution to the African/Afro-American studies discipline.

"Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism"

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In this reissue of a 1983 classic, Robinson argues that Western Marxism is unable to comprehend either the racial character of capitalism or mass movements outside of Europe. Robinson combines political theory, history, philosophy, and cultural analysis to illustrate his argument and chronicles the influence of Marxist ideology and black resistance on such important black radical thinkers as W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James, and Richard Wright.

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One of the most important critiques of western 'white' marxism and one of the most important contributions to making Marxism relevant to the struggles of Africa and the African diaspora. Extraordinarily insightful, one of the best books I have read for a long time. Should be on every African Studies reading list, and in the hand of all who are committed to the struggle for emancipation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars important addition to both Afro- and European history 25 Mar. 2000
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It's time that Robinson's work receives the attention it deserves. No other book on African and African American thought that I know of shows such a keen ability, or even acknowledges the need for, a contextualization of black radicalism within the larger currents of world history. Unlike most intellectual histories which restrict themselves to national or racial boundaries, Robinson addresses the emergence of Marxism within western civilization, reaching back to the medieval and even classical periods, and shows how its thinkers were guided by ethnocentric and universalistic tendencies that caused them to miss the way that class solidarity has been thwarted by nationalism and ethnicity, and of how socialism as envisioned by European radicals has never been monolithic but has adapted itself to local and regional folkways. My only criticism of this work is that Franz Fanon is not included in the list of important black thinkers (Du Bois, James and Wright) to be discussed. Fanon's synthesis of nationalism, communism and existentialism as phenomena to be considered simulatenously for analyzing postcolonial movements seems to fit Robinson's discussion very well, so I'm surprised he receives such little attention. Otherwise, this is a wonderful and surprising study, which I highly recommend, and one that surpasses the unfortunate practice of so many books on African thought that refuse to recognize the dialectic between black and European intellectuals.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erudition at it's best 28 Aug. 2006
By Third World - Published on Amazon.com
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Upon completion of this treatise all readers should receive a Master's Degree in Black Studies. Robinson provides a detailed and complex study of Black Radicalism and Marxism's relation to it. This book works on a number of levels; Historical, Sociological and Philosophical. I think one of the book's strong points is that it broadens the reader's mind to other interpretations of Black Radicalism. His analysis of DuBois, and C.L.R. James' transformation is interesting along with his dissection of Marxian / Lenin dogma. Also, the way he traces the origins of racism in European culture to early Ethnic Group stratification in anitquity is insightful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Radical Thought and a History of Capitalism 4 Mar. 2013
By D. Zachary - Published on Amazon.com
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Cedric Robinson in Black Marxism has extensively researched the historical conditions and forces that created capitalism. His knowledge and research regarding the history of European racism, labor and especially slavery, as more nuanced and complex than originally put forth by Marx. He critiques Marx's eurocentrism and short-sighted view of history and revolution. His major supposition is that slavery is and has always been the driving force behind capitalism.

Even if you are not interested in Marxism, the completeness of the survey of the Irish, the Slavs, the Italians, and the arc of history that highlights subjugation and opportunity within these distinct nationalities thta led to the advancement of the capitalists project.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm Shifting 23 April 2013
By K. Pestaina - Published on Amazon.com
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Robinson's vital text connects a sovereign and autonomous black radical tradition with the more commonly understood Marxist caricature that most famous our infamous African American leaders, philosophers and activists are associated with, rightly or wrongly...

It should be more widely read and discussed as the republicrat policies post integration continue to fail the black masses in America.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, very informative 14 April 2014
By Thomas K DeShazor - Published on Amazon.com
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In some instances, the sources that Robinson quotes from the 1800s are easier to understand and are more to the point than his interpretation of events. He's done a wonderful job of providing historical context.
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