1st Edition

The Comintern and the Global South Global Designs/Local Encounters

Edited By Anne Garland Mahler, Paolo Capuzzo Copyright 2023
    258 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Comintern and the Global South: Global Designs/Local Encounters studies the relations and productive tensions between the Third International, intellectual histories of racial justice and anti-imperialism, as well as other forms of internationalism. Building on extant institutional histories of the Third International, it moves in new directions by focusing on the points of intersection – often conflictual and short-lived – with anti-imperialist, anti-racist, and nationalist organizing, making the Third International a site of encounter between a global political project and more local and regional contexts. Due to the broad range of geographic and linguistic expertise of the contributors, this book traces routes of exchange that are often elided in existing studies of the Third International. The chapters address how actors from Global South contexts shaped key debates on, for example, the role of Black, Indigenous, and migrant labor, the "Islamic question," and the "peasant question," which challenged Bolshevik epistemological frameworks. All such "questions" involved political subjectivities that the Comintern tried to reductively frame within a global revolution driven by Moscow, resulting in the Comintern’s ultimate disintegration. Nevertheless, this juncture between the Comintern’s global designs and its local encounters left a significant legacy that would later be reconfigured in mid-century anticolonial movements.

    Part 1: Global Designs: The Comintern Imaginary

    Introduction: The Comintern and the Global South—Global Designs/Local Encounters

    Paolo Capuzzo and Anne Garland Mahler

    Chapter One: Into the World Market: Karl Marx and the Theoretical Foundation of Internationalism

    Sandro Mezzadra

    Chapter Two: Before Baku: The Second International and the Debate on Race and Colonialism

    Lorenzo Costaguta

    Chapter Three: Communism and the Colour Line: Reflections on Black Bolshevism

    Christian HØgsbjerg

    Part 2: Local Encounters: Confluences and Conflicts

    Chapter Four: Via Kabul: Muhajirs turned Early Communists from India (1915–1923)
    Suchetana Chattopadhyay

    Chapter Five: Pandurang Khankhoje and the Free Schools of Agriculture: |Campesino Internationalism in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

    Daniel Kent-Carrasco

    Chapter Six: An Atlantic Revolutionary Brotherhood: Radical Networks, Local Realities, and the Challenges to the Comintern's Global Domain in the Caribbean Basin, 1920–1935 

    Sandra Pujals

    Chapter Seven: Pan-Islamism, South Asia, and Communist Internationalism

    Ali Raza

    Chapter Eight: Chinese Internationalism during the Spanish Civil War: The Party, the Volunteers and the Anarchists

    Gaia Perini



    Anne Garland Mahler is Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and author of From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity (Duke, 2018). She is director of Global South Studies and lead editor of The Oxford Handbook of the History of the Global South (forthcoming). 

    Paolo Capuzzo is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Bologna. His current fields of research are the history of material culture, Global Communism, and Gramsci. Capuzzo is the author of Culture del consumo (2006), the co-editor, with S. Pons, of Gramsci nel movimento comunista internazionale (2019); and the co-author, with Partha Chatterjee and Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, of Gramsci in India (forthcoming).