Adom Getachew and Jennifer PittsJul 30, 2023
W. E. B. Du Bois
Cambridge University Press 2022
W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the most significant American political thinkers of the twentieth century. This volume collects 24 of his essays and speeches on international themes, spanning the years 1900-1956. These key texts reveal Du Bois's distinctive approach to the problem of empire and demonstrate his continued importance in our current global context. The volume charts the development of Du Bois's anti-imperial thought, drawing attention to his persistent concern with the relationship between democracy and empire and illustrating the divergent inflections of this theme in the context of a shifting geopolitical terrain; unprecedented political crises, especially during the two world wars; and new opportunities for transnational solidarity. With a critical introduction and extensive editorial notes, W.E.B. Du Bois: International Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2022) conveys both the coherence and continuity of Du Bois's international thought across his long life and the tremendous range and variety of his preoccupations, intellectual sources, and interlocutors.
Adom Getachew is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago.
Jennifer Pitts is Professor of Political Science and in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
Caleb Zakarin is the Assistant Editor of the New Books Network.