The Comintern and the Global South
Global Designs/Local Encounters
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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.
Table of Contents
Part One: Global Designs: The Comintern Imaginary
Introduction: The Comintern and the Global South: Global Designs/Local Encounters
Anne Garland Mahler and Paolo Capuzzo
Chapter One: Within and Against the World Market: The Marxian Laboratory of Internationalism
Chapter Two: Before Baku: The Second International and the Debate on Colonialism (1900-1920)
Chapter Three: Communism and the Colour-Line: Reflections on Black Bolshevism
Part Two: Local Encounters: Confluences and Conflicts
Chapter Four: Via Kabul: Muhajirs turned Early Communists from India (1915-1923)
Chapter Five: Pandurang Khankhoje in Mexico: Communism, Anti-imperialism, and Radical Agrarianism in a Post-revolutionary Setting
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
Chapter Seven: Pan-Islamism, South Asia, and Communist Internationalism
Chapter Eight: The Spanish Civil War Seen from the Far East: The Case of the Chinese Anarcho-communist Writer Ba Jin and the League of Left-wing Writers
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 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), P. Capuzzo and S. Pons (eds.) Gramsci nel movimento comunista internazionale (2019); Paolo Capuzzo, Partha Chatterjee, Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Gramsci in India (forthcoming).