The Global South: History, Politics, Maps

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This issue of Radical History Review explores the Global South and its meanings for reframing transnational histories between Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as its potential for new forms of radical praxis beyond the Euro-American political order.

Michelle Moyd resituates the First World War as a key event in the emergence of the Global South, while Quito Swan and Maurice M. Labelle, Jr. trace lesser-known political itineraries between the Middle East, Africa, and the Black Pacific. Emily Callaci examines the gendered dimensions of development in the Global South through Depo-Provera in Tanzania, while Sarah E. Vaughn looks at the effects of climate change in present-day Guyana.

Curated Spaces
Kiluanji Kia Henda’s photograhs question new models of urbanization.

China and the Global South
Ronald Po, Phineas Bbaala, and Mingwei Huang examine the entangled role of China in the Global South from three different perspectives.

Popular Cultures
Sarah Van Beurden discusses the Zairian avant-garde as a method of postcolonial African modernism. Pahole Sookkasikon uncovers the life of Thai country singer Pumpuang Duangjan. Keith B. Wagner considers the film Total Recall.

Historians, Geographers and Activists at Work
Aharon de Grassi remaps and rethinks precolonial connections in Africa. The Afro-Asian Networks Research Collective provides a manifesto for ongoing archival work. Jelmer Vos unpacks coffee production and consumerism in colonial Angola. Roseann Liu and Savannah Shange link contemporary social justice movements to Global South politics.

In Memoriam
Sean Jacobs eulogizes the boxer and activist Muhammad Ali (1942–2016) as an icon of Global South culture.

Vijay Prashad traces the troubled relationship between capitalism and the climate and its effects on the Global South.