This essay offers a modest attempt to read Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972) alongside the political tragedy that was unfolding in 1960s Guyana, which Rodney was thinking and writing about before and during his Dar es Salaam years. The authors suggest that this historical conjuncture and such a relational reading—in contrast to one that considers Rodney’s Caribbean, African, and Guyanese years separately or with little attention to the dynamic overlap of context—provide important insights into Rodney’s radical historical praxis as a model for transnational liberation.

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