Revolutionary historian: Walter Rodney (1942-1980)

By Katie Price|September 23, 2015|1960s, Africa, Challenging the status quo, History|62 comments

Richard Rathbone, Professorial Research Associate, Department of History remembers the SOAS scholar who went on to be an internationally celebrated radical intellectual before his assassination in 1980.

The revolutionary historian Walter Anthony Rodney studied for his PhD at SOAS between 1963 and 1966. Born in Guyana, Rodney achieved a first class degree in history at the University College of the West Indies in Jamaica before coming to London. At SOAS he worked with the late Richard Gray. While Rodney was to describe Gray as a “liberal bourgeois historian” this was a close, productive relationship. Gray, Rodney recalled, “went out of his way to accommodate my own development and my own view.” The personal warmth found its way into the moving obituary Gray was to write for Rodney in The Times.

Walter Rodney

Walter Rodney took his PhD at SOAS in the 1960s

Rodney’s thesis was published by Oxford University Press as A history of the Upper Guinea coast 1545-1800. During his graduate years Rodney was a member of the weekly SOAS African History Seminar, the first such seminar in the world, and was a contemporary and companion of a remarkable international cohort of young historians who were to establish African historical studies in a large number of significant centres.

In 1966 Rodney began to teach at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where he worked with another clutch of distinguished historians including Terence Ranger but was lured back to his alma mater in Jamaica.  Rodney was refining and voicing revolutionary ideas which led to his being refused re-entry to Jamaica, an exclusion which led to serious rioting in 1968 and to his emergence as an internationally celebrated radical intellectual. Excluded from Jamaica, he returned to Dar es Salaam’s history department where he worked until 1974. In that time he completed his most influential and most argued-over book How Europe underdeveloped Africa which was published in 1972.  The originality of his analysis, a dynamic understanding of what was then understood as “under-development” continues to stimulate discussion.

Rodney returned to Guyana in 1974 where the government blocked his university  appointment. He became more and more involved in active politics and was one of the founders of the Working People’s Alliance,  the only significant opponent of the government of Forbes Burnham. He was briefly imprisoned in 1979. At the age of only 38, Walter Rodney was assassinated in Guyana by a bomb. His ideas survive him.

Share this Post:

62 Comments

  1. Awesome issues here. I am very happy to look your
    post. Thank you a lot and I am taking a look ahead to touch you.
    Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  2. For newest information you have to pay a visit web and on web I found this
    web site as a most excellent website for hottest updates.

  3. Having read this My partner and i believed it has been very enlightening.
    We appreciate you shelling out some time and energy to place this content together.
    We again find myself personally spending a lot of time each reading and activities.

    먹튀사이트

  4. Pingback: bdsm dating free

  5. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you might
    be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and
    definitely will come back later on. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice morning!

  6. Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this board and
    I to find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to offer something back and aid
    others such as you aided me.

  7. Pingback: best dating free

  8. Pingback: free lesbian website dating

  9. Pingback: free dating sites for single mothers

  10. We are a bunch of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with helpful info to
    work on. You’ve done an impressive process and our whole neighborhood will be thankful to you.

  11. What i do not understood is if truth be told how you
    are now not actually much more well-favored than you might be right now.

    You’re very intelligent. You understand therefore considerably in relation to this subject, produced me in my opinion consider it from numerous various angles.
    Its like men and women are not involved unless it is one thing
    to do with Lady gaga! Your individual stuffs excellent.

    All the time take care of it up!

  12. Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?

    A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my
    blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your
    design. Thanks a lot

  13. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on but. Regards

  14. Howdy! I’m at work surfing around your blog
    from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading
    your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the superb work!

  15. Outstanding quest there. What occurred after?
    Thanks!

  16. Link exchange is nothing else but it is just placing the other person’s website link on your page at
    proper place and other person will also do similar in support of you.

  17. Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you
    been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The
    overall look of your web site is magnificent, as well as the content!

  18. top rated total free adult dating sites for colorado?

    pernals – casual dating & hookup for adult
    single http://freeadultdatingusus.com/

  19. search free online dating site
    free dating sites for the disabled http://freedatingfreetst.com/

  20. Pingback: top 100 free dating site

  21. Pingback: free mobile dating chat sites

  22. Pingback: 100 free dating love

  23. dating sites
    Attractive section of content. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital
    to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your weblog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing in your feeds or even I achievement you get entry to persistently rapidly.
    dating sites

  24. Pingback: free dating online chat

  25. free dating sites
    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this website’s content everyday
    along with a mug of coffee. dating sites https://785days.tumblr.com/

  26. Pingback: free online sim dating games for girls

  27. scoliosis
    We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable activity and our entire group
    shall be grateful to you. scoliosis

  28. scoliosis
    I just like the helpful info you provide on your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your weblog and test again here frequently.

    I am relatively sure I’ll be told many new stuff proper right here!
    Good luck for the following! scoliosis

  29. Pingback: best tinder pictures for guys

  30. What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads.
    I hope to give a contribution & help other users
    like its helped me. Great job.

  31. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets
    I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some
    time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience
    with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  32. Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article.
    I like to write a little comment to support you.

  33. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it,
    you will be a great author. I will make sure to bookmark your blog and may come back very soon. I want to encourage yourself
    to continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

  34. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my weblog so
    i came to “return the favor”.I’m attempting to find things to improve
    my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  35. Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo
    News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never
    seem to get there! Appreciate it

  36. I’m not sure exactly why but this site is loading extremely slow for me.

    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?

    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  37. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you actually realize
    what you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Please
    additionally seek advice from my web site =). We may have a link alternate contract among us

  38. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that
    automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your
    new updates.

  39. It’s trulү very complicated in this busy life to listen news on TV, therefore I just ᥙse internet for that purpose, and get the newest
    newѕ.

    Visіt my blog … real online payday loans

  40. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came to “return the favor”.I am trying to
    find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your
    ideas!! asmr 0mniartist

  41. What’s up everyone, it’s my first pay a quick visit at this web page, and
    paragraph is genuinely fruitful in support of me,
    keep up posting these types of articles. asmr 0mniartist

  42. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of
    volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!
    asmr 0mniartist

  43. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it
    up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road.

    Cheers 0mniartist asmr

  44. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable experience concerning unexpected
    emotions. 0mniartist asmr

  45. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post
    reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about
    this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing! asmr 0mniartist

  46. hi!,I love your writing so much! proportion we be in contact extra
    approximately your post on AOL? I require a specialist in this house to unravel my
    problem. May be that’s you! Taking a look forward to peer you.
    0mniartist asmr

  47. Hi to all, how is the whole thing, I think every one is getting
    more from this website, and your views are pleasant in support of new visitors.
    asmr 0mniartist

  48. It’s actually a great and useful piece of information. I’m satisfied that you just
    shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this.
    Thanks for sharing. 0mniartist asmr

  49. Hi there, yes this article is in fact fastidious and I have learned
    lot of things from it concerning blogging.
    thanks. asmr 0mniartist

Leave a Reply to asmr our Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.

*
*