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Ralph J. Bunche (1904–1971), winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, was a key U.S. diplomat in the planning and creation of the United Nations in 1945. In 1947 he was invited to join the permanent UN Secretariat as director of the new Trusteeship Department. In this position, Bunche played a key role in setting up the trusteeship system that provided important impetus for postwar decolonization ending European control of Africa as well as an international framework for the oversight of the decolonization process after the Second World War. Trustee for the Human Community is the first volume to examine the totality of Bunche’s unrivalled role in the struggle for African independence both as a key intellectual and an international diplomat and to illuminate it from the broader African American perspective. These commissioned essays examine the full range of Ralph Bunche’s involvement in Africa. The scholars explore sensitive political issues, such as Bunche’s role in the Congo and his views on the struggle in South Africa. Trustee for the Human Community stands as a monument to the profoundly important role of one of the greatest Americans in one of the greatest political movements in the history of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvii
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  1. Centenary Memory Beads for Mr. Bunche
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Part One Bunche the Africanist Intellectual
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter One Ralph Bunche: African American Intellectual
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Chapter Two Ralph Bunche and the Dawn of Africanist Scholarship
  2. pp. 19-24
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  1. Chapter Three The Making of an Africanist: Ralph Bunche in South Africa, 1937
  2. pp. 25-41
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  1. Chapter Four Ralph Bunche and the Decolonization of African Studies: The Paradox of Power, Morality, and Scholarship
  2. pp. 42-68
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  1. Chapter Five Ralph Bunche the Africanist: Revisiting Paradigms Lost
  2. pp. 69-90
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  1. Part Two Bunche the Statesman for Africa
  2. p. 91
  1. Chapter Six Decolonization through Trusteeship: The Legacy of Ralph Bunche
  2. pp. 93-115
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  1. Chapter Seven An Unexpected Challenge: Ralph Bunche as Field Commander in the Congo, 1960
  2. pp. 116-127
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  1. Chapter Eight Ralph Bunche and Patrice Lumumba: The Fatal Encounter
  2. pp. 128-147
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  1. Chapter Nine Ralph Bunche, Patrice Lumumba, and the First Congo Crisis
  2. pp. 148-158
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  1. Part Three Reflections on Bunche’s Legacy in Global Perspective
  2. p. 159
  1. Chapter Ten Africa in the Global Decolonization Process: The Road to Postcoloniality
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. Apendix United Nations Charter The Trusteeship System
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-205
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780821443446
Related ISBN
9780821419106
MARC Record
OCLC
794698923
Pages
205
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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