White World Order Black Power PoliticsWhite World Order Black Power Politics

In White World Order, Black Power Politics, Robert Vitalis recovers the arguments, texts, and institution building of an extraordinary group of professors at Howard University, including Alain Locke, Ralph Bunche, Rayford Logan, Eric ...

Author: Robert Vitalis

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501701870


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Racism and imperialism are the twin forces that propelled the course of the United States in the world in the early twentieth century and in turn affected the way that diplomatic history and international relations were taught and understood in the American academy. Evolutionary theory, social Darwinism, and racial anthropology had been dominant doctrines in international relations from its beginnings; racist attitudes informed research priorities and were embedded in newly formed professional organizations. In White World Order, Black Power Politics, Robert Vitalis recovers the arguments, texts, and institution building of an extraordinary group of professors at Howard University, including Alain Locke, Ralph Bunche, Rayford Logan, Eric Williams, and Merze Tate, who was the first black female professor of political science in the country. Within the rigidly segregated profession, the "Howard School of International Relations" represented the most important center of opposition to racism and the focal point for theorizing feasible alternatives to dependency and domination for Africans and African Americans through the early 1960s. Vitalis pairs the contributions of white and black scholars to reconstitute forgotten historical dialogues and show the critical role played by race in the formation of international relations.


"With this book, Bob Vitalis tackles the geopolitical "truths" about oil: that US presence in the Gulf and our relationship with Saudi Arabia is necessary to stabilize an otherwise volatile market; that US oil independence is necessary to ...

Author: Robert Vitalis


ISBN: 1503600904


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A bracing corrective to the myths that have shaped economic, military, and diplomatic policy, dispelling our oil-soaked fantasies of dependence. There is a conventional wisdom about oil--that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf is what guarantees access to this strategic resource; that the "special" relationship with Saudi Arabia is necessary to stabilize an otherwise volatile market; and that these assumptions in turn provide Washington enormous leverage over Europe and Asia. Except, the conventional wisdom is wrong. Robert Vitalis debunks the myths to reveal "oilcraft," a line of magical thinking closer to witchcraft than statecraft. Oil is a commodity like any other: bought, sold, and subject to market forces. Thus, the first goal of this book is to expose the suspect fears of oil scarcity and conflict. The second goal is to investigate the significant geopolitical impact of these false beliefs. In particular, Vitalis shows how we can reconsider the question of the U.S.-Saudi special relationship, which confuses and traps many into unnecessarily accepting what they imagine is a devil's bargain. The House of Saud does many things for U.S. investors, firms, and government agencies, but guaranteeing the flow of oil, making it cheap, or stabilizing the price isn't one of them. Freeing ourselves from the spell of oilcraft won't be easy--but the benefits make it essential.

JAIR Journal of International RelationsJAIR Journal of International Relations

Mastering Modern World History, Macmillian, 1984. 2. Vitalis, Robert. White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American Cornell 2015. 3. Mbembé, J. A., &Meintjes, L. (2003). Necropolitics. Public culture, 15(1), 11-40. 4.

Author: Aruna Kumar Malik

Publisher: IndraStra Global e-Journal Hosting Services



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JAIR Journal of International Relations (JAIR J. Int. Relat.) is a biennial, peer-reviewed, refereed journal of International Relations published by The Jadavpur Association of International Relations with the financial assistance from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.

Ronald W Walters and the Fight for Black Power 1969 2010Ronald W Walters and the Fight for Black Power 1969 2010

On Logan see also August Meier and Elliot Rudwick, Black History and the Historical Profession (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986), 89–92. 46. Robert Vitalis, White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American ...

Author: Robert C. Smith

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438468686


Page: 354

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Combines history and biography to interpret the last half century of black politics in America as represented in the life and work of a pivotal African American public intellectual. From his leadership of the first modern lunch counter sit-ins at age twenty to his work on African American reparations at the time of his death at age seventy-two, Ronald W. Walters (1938–2010) was at the cutting edge of African American politics. A preeminent scholar, activist, and media commentator, he was founding chair of the Black Studies Department at Brandeis, where he shaped the epistemological parameters of the new discipline. Walters was an early strategist of congressional black power and a longtime advocate of a black presidential candidacy. His writings on the politics of race in America both predicted the constraints on President Obama in advancing African American interests and anticipated the emergence of the white nationalism found in the Tea Party and Donald Trump insurgency. In this fascinating book, Robert C. Smith combines history and biography to offer an overview of the last half century of black politics in America through the lens of the life and work of the man often described as the W. E. B. Du Bois of his time. “This book makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of one of the most pivotal scholarly voices in global black politics of the twentieth century. Smith has done an excellent job capturing the personality, history, and the interpersonal affections and loyalties of this extraordinary man.” — Todd C. Shaw, author of Now Is the Time! Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism “Organizing Ron’s biography around the evolution of the black struggle is a really great and appropriate idea; the struggle and Ron were one.” — Mack H. Jones, author of Knowledge, Power, and Black Politics: Collected Essays

The Palgrave Handbook of Africa and the Changing Global OrderThe Palgrave Handbook of Africa and the Changing Global Order

Amitav Acharya and Barry Buzan, The Making of Global International Relations (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ... Robert Vitalis, White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations (Ithaca, ...

Author: Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030774813


Page: 1129

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This handbook fills a large gap in the current knowledge about the critical role of Africa in the changing global order. By connecting the past, present, and future in a continuum that shows the paradox of existence for over one billion people, the book underlines the centrality of the African continent to global knowledge production, the global economy, global security, and global creativity. Bringing together perspectives from top Africa scholars, it actively dispels myths of the continent as just a passive recipient of external influences, presenting instead an image of an active global agent that astutely projects soft power. Unlike previous handbooks, this book offers an eclectic mix of historical, contemporary, and interdisciplinary approaches that allow for a more holistic view of the many aspects of Africa’s relations with the world.

The Institution of International OrderThe Institution of International Order

... White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015). 16 Amitav Acharya, Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics: Whose IR?

Author: Simon Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351608763


Page: 248

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This volume delivers a history of internationalism at the League of Nations and the United Nations (UN), with a focus on the period from the 1920s to the 1970s, when the nation-state ascended to global hegemony as a political formation. Combining global, regional and local scaes of analysis, the essays presented here provide an interpretation of the two institutions — and their complex interrelationship — that is planetary in scale but also pioneeringly multi-local. Our central argument is that although the League and the UN shaped internationalism from the centre, they were themselves moulded just as powerfully by internationalisms that welled up globally, far beyond Geneva and New York City. The contributions are organised into three broad thematic sections, the first focused on the production of norms, the second on the development of expertise and the third on the global re-ordering of empire. By showing how the ruptures and continuities between the two international organisations have shaped the content and format of what we now refer to as ‘global governance’, the collection determinedly sets the Cold War and the emergence of the Third World into a single analytical frame alongside the crisis of empire after World War One and the geopolitics of the Great Depression. Each of these essays reveals how the League of Nations and the United Nations provided a global platform for formalising and proliferating political ideas and how the two institutions generated new spectrums of negotiation and dissidence and re-codified norms. As an ensemble, the book shows how the League of Nations and the United Nations constructed and progressively re-fashioned the basic building blocks of international society right across the twentieth century. Developing the new international history’s view of the League and UN as dynamic, complex forces, the book demonstrates that both organisations should be understood to have played an active role, not just in mediating a world of empires and then one of nation-states, but in forging the many principles and tenets by which international society is structured.

The Guise of ExceptionalismThe Guise of Exceptionalism

Quoted in Robert Vitalis, White World Order, Black Power Politics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2015), 35. Albert Lawrence Lowell, another major American political scientist and academic figure, who eventually became president ...

Author: Robert Fatton

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781978821330


Page: 262

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The Guise of Exceptionalism compares the historical origins of Haitian and American exceptionalisms. It also traces how exceptionalism as a narrative of uniqueness has shaped relations between the two countries from their early days of independence through the contemporary period. Exceptionalism is at the core of every national founding narrative. It allows countries to purge history of injurious stains, and embellish it with mythical innocence and claims of distinction. Exceptionalism also builds the bonds of solidarity that forge an imagined national fellowship of the chosen, but it excludes those deemed unfit for membership because of their race, ethnicity, gender, or class. Exceptionalism, however, is not frozen. As a social invention, it changes over time, but always within the parameters of its original principles. Our capacity to reinvent it is dependent on the degree of hegemony achieved by the ruling class, and if this class has the infrastructural power to gradually co-opt and include the groups it had once excluded.

Global Race WarGlobal Race War

Robert Vitalis's White World Order, Black Power Politics called into question how international relations understood its own disciplinary history.30 American political science as it emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth ...

Author: Alexander D. Barder

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197535622


Page: 272

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"Race War and the Global Imaginary, 1800-Present explores the historical connections between race and violence from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. Barder shows how beginning with the Haitian Revolution and nineteenth century settler colonialism the development of the very idea of global order was based on racial hierarchy. The intensification of racial violence happened when the global racial hierarchy appeared to be in crisis. By the first half of the twentieth century, ideas about race war come to fuse themselves with state genocidal projects to eliminate internal and external enemy races. Global processes of racialization did not end with the Second World War and with the discrediting of scientific racism, the decolonization of the global South and the expansion of the state-system to newly independent states; rather it continued in different forms as the racialization of cultural or civilizational attributes that then resulted in further racial violence. From fears about the "Yellow Peril", the "Clash of Civilization" or, more recently, the "Great Replacement", the global imaginary is constituted by ideas about racial difference. Examining global politics in terms of race and racial violence reveals a different spatial topology across domestic and global politics. Global histories of racial hierarchy and violence have important implications for understanding the continued salience of race within Western polities. The waning of a white world order translates into racial retrenchment and violence at home. In Killing Them All Barder revisits two centuries of international history to show the important consequences of a global racial imaginary that continues to reverberate across time and space"--

Re Writing International RelationsRe Writing International Relations

4 (2010): 903–938; White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2015); David Long and Brian C. Schmidt, Imperialism and Internationalism in the ...

Author: Zeynep Gülşah Çapan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781783487851


Page: 128

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This book tells a different story of International Relations by challenging disciplinary and theoretical boundaries from the Turkish perspective with the aim of creating a more connected and global IR.

Theorizing World OrdersTheorizing World Orders

2009. 2008 Global Trends: Refugees, Asylum-seekers, Returnees, Internally Displaced and Stateless Persons. Geneva: UNHCR. Vitalis, Robert. 2017. White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations.

Author: Piki Ish-Shalom

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316512289


Page: 280

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Breaks new theoretical ground by discussing how cognitive evolution contributes to the study of international orders.