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Writing while the bombs fall
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The issue of self-government for the Empire's subjects was a different matter altogether. While George Padmore's argument for self-determination gained urgency from the war, in the Soviet book he also made his contribution to wartime thinking about postwar life. The evidence thus far, Padmore thought, suggested that development, under the British, could be a long time coming. Like the czarist regime, the British had kept colonial people uneducated, untrained, unindustrialized, a shortsighted policy. The Soviet Union had succeeded in educating Asian peoples more backward, to Padmore's mind, than Africans and had brought them rapidly into the industrial, modern world. Africa could do the same if Africans ruled themselves and if African states were socialist. Socialism was essential because the ethnically diverse African states would necessarily be multinational. In a capitalist economy, divisions might be expressed as racial conflict, but the true cause would be economic.

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Ending British rule in Africa

Writers in a common cause


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