[Marxism] Notes on David Brion Davis' review
bhandari at berkeley.edu
Wed Nov 1 10:34:57 MST 2006
I do think proto racism was developed during the course of the
enslavement of Africans in especially the Anglo American New World.
Edward Long and Thomas Jefferson are proof enough. But not in the
course of European feudalism or the Islamic slave trade.
Yet racism does not take full flight as distinct ideology until the
the writings of Morton, Agassiz and Galton. But racism would have
been impossible without the degradation of enslaved Africans,
including those manumitted or even born free. It also would have been
impossible without the hardening of anti Semitism in the course of
European nation-making (see here Bruce Lincoln Theorizing Myth) and
the horrors of British rule in India during which there was
transformation of the Aryan concept from a linguistic to racial one
(see Thomas Trautmann).
So I would not separate racism out from slavery, nationalism and
I did not mean to give that impression.
Thanks for the reply, Mark.
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