Cien años de crisis – Las tres revoluciones del Partido Comunista Chino

Alejandro Valle Baeza

Walden Bello

5 julio 2021

El 1 de julio de 2021 marca el primer centenario del PCC, una de las organizaciones más importantes de nuestro tiempo. Al reflexionar sobre el significado de este centenario, lo primero que se me ocurrió es que el presente altera el significado del pasado. Antes de 1991, cuando se produjo el colapso del Estado soviético, yo habría apostado sin pensarlo dos veces que el acontecimiento más importante del siglo xx fue la Revolución Rusa de 1917. Ahora, debido a la despiadada intolerancia de la historia con los experimentos fallidos, aparece la Revolución China como el hecho más destacado del siglo pasado, y su consecuencia paradójica ‒el ascenso de China al centro de la acumulación capitalista global‒ constituye muy probablemente el fenómeno más significativo también del siglo actual.

De la liberación nacional a la Revolución Cultural

In 1949, China logró dejar atrás el largo siglo de…

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Reading the History of Slavery: 3 Experts Offer Book Recommendations

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Perhaps more than ever, we need to better educate ourselves on the history of slavery, and consider the ways in which it informs how we have arrived at the present. We invited three prominent scholars to recommend books that speak to the current historical moment and help us better understand the protests. Below are the recommendations of Sowande’ M. Mustakeem, Manuel Barcia, and Ana Lucia Araujo.

Sowande’ M. Mustakeem‘s Recommendations

Sowande’ M. Mustakeem is an Associate Professor in the Departments of History & African American and African Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests focus on race, gender, slavery, violence, illness, criminality, and public memory of the past.  She has been featured on BBC radio, the PBS documentary series “Many Rivers to Cross,” Vox, and recently on the ABWH-TV episode, “Black Women, History, and State Violence.” Dr. Mustakeem is the…

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Testimonies of Trauma: Enduring Tetanus in Colonial Haiti, 1781-1786

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By Will C. Little

Members of the Cercle des Philadelphes viewed colonial Haiti as a laboratory for medical experimentation and observation. French royal physicians first established this society in 1784 to bring academic science and medicine to the French Empire.[1] Their dissertations and pamphlets effectively used the trappings of scientific reasoning to articulate the contours of French authority over medical science in colonial Haiti. A key element of the Cercle’s push for knowledge collection in colonial Haiti centered on the exploitation of the enslaved, and the audience for these collections and dissertations were typically slaveholders.[2] Medicine was a central component of the Cercle’s publications, but they were particularly concerned with tetanus—a serious infection caused by Clostridium tetani, which can cause stiffness in muscles and is most commonly associated with lockjaw. This post explores how the Cercle des Philadelphes in colonial Haiti espoused ideals of a medical Enlightenment…

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An Eradication: Empire, Enslaved Children, and the Whitewashing of Vaccine History

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By Farren E. Yero

On February 12, 1804, at seven in the morning, an eight-year-old girl stood in the living room of Dr. don Tomás Romay. Her arm still throbbed, a slight if persistent hum that seemed to invite her touch. Involuntarily, she reached for the puckered spot, swollen into a great bubble on the soft flesh of her inner arm. The incision was made a week or so before, and news of it spread in Havana as quickly as the smallpox itself. The girl had only just arrived from Puerto Rico the day before. Yet here she was, waiting in the home of this strange man. He would soon pluck open her arm, draining it of the clear liquid the adults curiously coveted. The cut stung, but perhaps satisfyingly so, a welcome release after days of anticipation. The first doctor and the woman who enslaved the girl had prohibited…

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No Useless Mouth: Periodizing Native Americans’ War for Independence

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By Rachel Herrmann

When does your American Revolution class begin and where does it end? Relatedly, do you include Native American histories of the conflict in your syllabus? If you don’t teach, but enjoy reading histories of the American Revolution, what dates or events would you use to bound this era if you were describing it to someone unfamiliar with it?

It’s not like historians have agreed where the Revolution begins and ends, but I also think that the periodization of Native American history significantly expands our chronological bounding of that tumultuous era. A good place to start on the periodization of the American Revolution writ large is the “Writing to and From the Revolution” forum in the Journal of the Early Republic and the William and Mary Quarterly.[1] For Native American history, I take as my beginning point the fact that several decades ago, Colin Calloway argued…

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The Struggles of Cuba’s Black Soldiers in an Age of Imperial Wars

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By Elena Schneider

Schneider_Occupation_9781469645353_FCYou can start a book project thinking it is about one thing, but then realize in the writing that it is actually about another. When—way too many years ago—I began my study of the British invasion and occupation of Havana at the end of the Seven Years’ War, I thought I was writing a story about empires. The book would chart the clash between two competing imperial systems—their similarities and differences, convergences and divides—during a dynamic moment of imperial rivalry and reform. I was writing a book about empires, and I still did to a large extent, but when I immersed myself in the archives, I began to see that the protagonists of this battle were not those that I expected. Written all over eyewitness reports of the fighting in Havana were accounts of the critical role played by free and enslaved people of African descent. Their…

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Age of Revolutions Webinar on Peru’s Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement

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Age of Revolutions happily co-hosted a webinar event  with the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program at Smith College on Miguel La Serna’s new book With Masses and Arms: Peru’s Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (UNC Press, 2020). The discussion was facilitated by our editor Javier Puente (Smith College) and Lucia Luna-Victoria (University of California, Davis).

You can watch the full webinar here.

About the Book:

Miguel La Serna’s gripping history of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) provides vital insight into both the history of modern Peru and the link between political violence and the culture of communications in Latin America. Smaller than the well-known Shining Path but just as remarkable, the MRTA emerged in the early 1980s at the beginning of a long and bloody civil war. Taking a close look at the daily experiences of women and men who fought on both sides of the conflict, this fast-paced…

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