The African Roots of War

Authors

  • W. E. B. Du Bois

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-024-11-1973-04_3

Keywords:

Imperialism

Abstract

Reprinted here is a little known, yet important, article by W.E.B. Du Bois on the imperialist origins of the First World War. This article, which stressed the significance of the rivalry among the imperialist powers over the division of the African continent, appeared in the May 1915 issue of Atlantic Monthly, about a year before Lenin completed his classic Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism. Dr. DuBois did not attempt, as did Lenin, to develop a full-blown theory of imperialism. But it is equally clear that his essay is informed by extensive and critical study of the subject. Among the interesting points of coincidence between Lenin and DuBois is the attention paid by the latter to the relation between imperialism and the growth of a labor aristocracy. On the other hand, it should be noted how much more importance Dr. DuBois gave to the ties between racism and imperialism. This article is published by permission of Shirley Graham DuBois, and will appear in the collected works of W.E.B. DuBois, to be published by Kraus-Thomsen Organization Ltd. —The Editors.

Published

1973-04-03

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