Caliban's Freedom

Caliban's Freedom : The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James

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C.L.R. James (1901-1989) is one the few political thinkers whose ideas have made a genuinely significant contribution to the development of emancipatory ideas in the twentieth century. In this volume, Anthony Bogues examines the origins of the relationship between the black radical tradition and James's own view of Marxism. Integrating these two political currents provided the basis for a profound critique that became the hallmark of James's life's work.

Anthony Bogues traces the main features of James's early political thought, up to his deportation from the United States in the early 1950s, arguing that his work represents a major attempt in the immediate post-war period to establish new frontiers in Marxism and radical political thought in general. This illuminating and scholarly study reinforces James's position as a political theorist of major standing.
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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 138.2 x 220.5 x 20.1mm | 385.56g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745306136
  • 9780745306131

Table of contents



1. Issues in James's Political Thought

2. The Making of a Marxist

3. James's Early Marxism

4. The American Years

5. James and the Race Question

6. Breaking New Ground

7. The New Universals

8. James, Marx and the Notion of Happiness

9. James, Independent Marxism and the Marxist Tradition: A Summary, 1934-53


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'This book is succinct and clear. It serves as an excellent primer for one of the century's outstanding revolutionary thinkers' -- Capital and Class 'A very strong book, thoroughly researched and brilliantly argued. Not Surprisingly, the result is that Bogues has produced the best work to date on the early political though of James' -- CLR James Journal 'An outstanding book ... Caliban's Freedom is a major contribution to the growing critical scholarship on C.L.R. James' -- small axe
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About Anthony Bogues

Anthony Bogues teaches political theory at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He is currently a Research Associate Fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University in Washington, DC.
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