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How Russia Transformed her Colonial Empire.

PADMORE George.; PIZER Dorothy (1946.)

£150.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. London, Dennis Dobson.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'Dr. C. Belfield Clarke - "Godfather" To my dear friend CB whose stimulating discussions inspired this book, and whose encouragement made it possible. You, therefore, cannot escape moral responsibility for its effect on the minds of "backward natives" Sincerely, George. London Dec 4th 1946'. Belfield Clarke was a West Indian doctor who came to England in the 1930s, where he quickly became acquainted with or corresponded with many Black activists, including Padmore, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Wright, and Kwame Nkrumah. Padmore, born Malcolm Nurse in Trinidad, left there to study in the USA, then spent time in the Soviet Union, Germany, France, London, then finally Ghana. He did much work for the Soviet Government until he became disillusioned by Stalinism, but he remained a socialist and dedicated his life to Pan-Africanism. There are copious pencil notes to the text and rear endpapers, most likely by Belfield Clarke, and ink corrections to the text by the author.

Dust jacket has offset to the spine, head and tail of spine rubbed, dust jacket soiled, nicked at the head and tail of the spine, repaired with clear tape on the reverse.

Stock Code: 219045