What We Talk About When We Talk About Decolonization

Kwame Nkrumah, the first president and prime minister of Ghana, during a press conference at the White House, in Washington, March 8, 1961 (AP photo).
Kwame Nkrumah, the first president and prime minister of Ghana, during a press conference at the White House, in Washington, March 8, 1961 (AP photo).
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In a recent article for The New York Times, the political theorist Adom Getachew observes that in “the past few years, decolonization has gained new political currency—inside the borders of the old colonial powers.” In many European capitals, statues of former imperialists have been defaced, toppled by protesters or removed by authorities, contributing to a resurgence of discussions about what “decolonization” means and how it can be put into action today. This week on Trend Lines, Getachew joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to talk about the history of anti-colonial nationalist movements that tried to remake the world in an egalitarian mold, […]

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