The Silent War: Imperialism and the Changing Perception of Race

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Racial identity is one of the defining characteristics of the 20th century. In this study, Frank Furedi traces the history of Western colonial racist ideology and its role in the subjugation of the peoples of the non-West. His central theme is the changing perception of racism in the West and how the use of "race" has altered during the course of the 20th century. Focusing on World War II as the crucial turning point in racist ideology, Furedi argues that the defeat of Nazism left the West uneasy with its own racist past. He assesses how this was redefined in the postwar period, especially during the Cold War, and demonstrates that although white supremacist views became obsolete in international affairs, Western nations sought to portray racism as a natural part of the human condition. As a result the West continued to adopt the moral high ground well into the postwar period, to the ultimate detriment of the nations of the non-West.
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Traces the history of Western colonial racist ideology and its role in subjugating non-Western peoples, analyzing the changing perception of racism in the West and how the use of "race" has altered during the course of the 20th century. Looks at WWII as the critical turning point in racist ideology, arguing that the defeat of Nazism left the West uneasy with its own racist past. Assesses how this was redefined in the postwar period, and demonstrates that Western nations were initially unwilling to accept criticism of their past. The author is a professor of sociology at the University of Kent, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813526126
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Troubled White Consensus 25
2 Early Warnings - Presentiment of Racial Conflict 46
3 The New Racial Pragmatism 79
4 Reversing the Problem of Racism 108
5 Crossing the Boundary: the Marginal Man 132
6 The Second World War as Race War 160
7 As an International Issue 193
8 The Silent 1950s - Redefining the Issue of Racism 222
9 Conclusion 234
Notes 241
Bibliography 264
Index 273
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