New York Univ Pr
The life of the great Guyanese scholar and revolutionary Walter Rodney burned with a rare intensity. The son of working class parents, Rodney showed great academic promise and was awarded scholarships to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. He received his PhD from the latter at the age of twenty-four, and his thesis was published as A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, now a classic of African history. His most famous work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, is a mainstay of radical literature and anticipated the influential world systems theory of Immanuel Wallerstein.
Not content merely to study the world, Rodney turned to revolutionary politics in Jamaica, Tanzania, and in Guyana. In his homeland, he helped form the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and was a consistent voice for the oppressed and exploited. As Rodney became more popular , the threat of his revolutionary message stirred fears among the powerful in Guyana and throughout the Caribbean, and he was assassinated in 1980.
This book presents a moving and insightful portrait of Rodney through by the words of academics, writers, artists, and political activists who knew him intimately or felt his influence. These informal recollections and reflections demonstrate why Rodney is such a widely admired figure throughout the world, especially in poor countries and among oppressed peoples everywhere.Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the life and political activism of the Guyanese historian told through interviews with some of the people closest to him.Book News
Although Walter A. Rodney became a noted academic historian specializing in African history, his work as an activist in the U.S., Jamaica, Guyana and Tanzania became increasing predominant--until he was assassinated in Guyana in 1980. These nine contributions are both personal accounts of interactions with Rodney and the writers' own struggles against white supremacy and for some type of socialism. In addition to academic professors, international contributors include a poet, graphic artist, and a member of Guyana's parliament. Chung, who like Rodney was originally born in Guyana, wrote and directed the documentary, W.A.R. Stories : Walter Anthony Rodney from which this book evolved. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)