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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism$
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Anthony P. Maingot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061061

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061061.001.0001

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C.L.R. James, George Padmore, and the Myth of the Revolutionary Caribbean

C.L.R. James, George Padmore, and the Myth of the Revolutionary Caribbean

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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism

Anthony P. Maingot

University Press of Florida

The widely held view that the Caribbean is an area characterized by continual, though repeatedly frustrated, revolutions owes much to the theorizing of two Trinidadians: the Trotskyite C.L.R. James and Marxist-Leninist George Padmore. Neither developed their ideological schemes in Trinidad but in the United States, England, and, in Padmore’s case, with the Soviet-run Comintern. Both ended up in Kwame Nkrumah’s independent Ghana. James left disillusioned; Padmore stayed until his premature death from cancer. James returned to Trinidad, worked unsuccessfully with the independent movement and even less successfully once he decided to enter electoral politics. Both men were prolific authors but mistaken in their interpretations of the supposed Marxist and reloutionary nature of the Caribbean and Africa.

Keywords:   C.L.R. James, George Padmore, Trotskyite, Marxist-Leninist, Comintern, Ghana, Trinidad, Kwame Nkrumah, interpretation, mistaken

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