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In the second part of Matt Swagler’s blogpost on the Russian Revolution, he focuses on how Marxist ideas became central to African political organizing from the late 1940s through the 1970s—a development which took place at the same time that the Soviet Union emerged as a new global superpower. In the first part of Swagler’s article posted on roape.net last year he argued that the 1917 Russian Revolution had important repercussions in Africa, notably in the new connections formed between Black Marxists from the Americas and trade unionists and anti-colonial figures on the African continent. In the second part of the post he looks at how the USSR (and Soviet doctrines of Communism) began to exert the most profound influence in Africa precisely at the time when the incredible emancipatory potential of the 1917 Russian Revolution had been obliterated by Joseph Stalin’s campaigns of mass...

Free Access to ROAPE Connections Special Issue: Radical Political Economy and Industrialisation ROAPE held the first of three workshops in Ghana, Accra on ‘Radical political economy and industrialisation in Africa’, 13–14 November 2017. Our publisher Taylor and Francis have made the special issue from the workshop accessible until the end of the year. This Debate Special Issue from Volume 46, Issue 56 discusses the initiative of holding the Africa-based ROAPE meetings, why they are important and how they relate to historic socio-economic transformations, the most significant of which remains the great Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, whose centenary month coincided with the Accra workshop. This is the first of the workshops which ROAPE has sponsored across the continent in cooperation with local organisations. A similar version of the Accra meeting, held in Dar es Salaam in April of this year, will appear in a forthcoming issue. These workshops deliberately avoid an...

Political economist Tamás Gerőcs discusses the relationship between Africa and Eastern Europe’s experience of socialist development raised at the recent ROAPE workshop in Dar es Salaam. He argues that across the world the left needs to develop a social critique of post-war developmentalism not only on a moral basis but economically and socially, to help us understand the neoliberal transformation, or counter-revolution....

Zimbabwean activist Takura Zhangazha writes about the themes and debates of the recent ROAPE workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Themed 'Imperialism in Africa Today: The Place of Class Struggles and Progressive Politics', it had as its primary intention an historical assessment of the state of Africa's liberation and ideological left and its place in contemporary anti-global neoliberal and anti-imperialist politics. ...

ROAPE's second workshop on radical transformation in Africa, co-hosted with the Nyerere Resource Centre, to be held in Dar es Salaam on 16-17 April, will reflect with political economy scholars and progressive activists on the existing conditions in Africa in the context of the current phase of neo-liberal imperialism and how progressive forces can effectively intervene in and promote progressive politics during the current conjuncture....

Arndt Hopfmann asks what the legacy of the Russian Revolution can tell us about industrialisation and radical political transformation in the Global South, and in Africa in particular. He argues that there are lessons for the political economy of development and industrialization policies that must be learnt if we are serious about radical transformation today....

In the first of a two-part blogpost, Matt Swagler considers how the Russian Revolution drew the attention of Black intellectuals and workers from Africa and across the African diaspora. He argues that the revolution cemented the importance of Marxist ideas in debates about colonial and racial liberation for decades to follow. For a time the revolution showed that the struggles to liberate Africa from colonial rule and struggles against capitalism in the imperial countries were integrally linked. The second part of the blogpost will look at the influence of the Soviet Union on African liberation movements after World War II....

In a major interview ROAPE’s Hakim Adi discusses his work, activism and politics. Adi has spent year’s researching the African diaspora, Pan-Africanism and communism in the 20th century. On the anniversary of the 1917 revolution he explains that the significance of 1917 is not so much as how it helps us understand the past, or as a way of understanding Africa’s history, but rather that it shows that the alternative can be created in the present and future....