Nigel Westmaas

A chapter by Associate Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas is included in the new book The Red and The Black: The Russian Revolution and The Black Atlantic edited by David Featherstone & Christian Hogsberg (Manchester University Press, 2021). The book “offers new insights on the relations between Communism, various lefts and anti-colonialisms across the Black Atlantic including Garveyism and various other strands of Pan-Africanism.”

Westmaas’s chapter “Firebrands, Trade Unionists and Marxists: the Shadow of the Russian revolution, the colonial state and radicalism in Guyana 1917-1957” highlights and critiques the range of responses that resulted from the Russian revolution of 1917 in Guyana (then British Guiana); the challenges faced by radical forces in the ex-colony;` and the negotiation of relations between “Red and Black politics” among left wing and Pan-African organizations.

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