Basil Davidson

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Davidson, Basil


Born Sept. 9, 1914, in Bristol. British writer. Fought in World War II (1939-45).

Davidson wrote about Italian antifascist partisans in his first novel, Highway Forty (1949), and unmasked the espionage of the imperialist powers against the socialist countries in the novel The Golden Horn (1952). The novel Rapids (1956; Russian translation, 1960) and the journalistic book The Black Mother (1961) contrast British colonialists with African freedom fighters. Davidson’s novel The Andrassy Affair (1966) describes the struggle of the Yugoslav partisans.


In Russian translation:
Novoe otkrytie Drevnei Afriki. Moscow, 1962.
Chernaia mat’. Afrika: gody ispytanii. Moscow, 1964.


Ivasheva, V. Angliiskaia literatura, XX vek. Moscow, 1967.
Ivasheva, V. Angliiskie dialogi. Moscow, 1971.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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English history predominated, but in those pre-post-imperial days it could provide the hub of a wheel with spokes leading into remote parts of Africa or Asia, widely regarded as exotic but which serious scholars like Basil Davidson and Charles Boxer were beginning to demystify.
The book also cites my friend Basil Davidson, one of the pre-eminent historians of Africa, whom I once heard discuss this issue at Robinson's TransAfrica offices.
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That uniqueness derives from the principles hammered out by Sivanandan, with the support of some of the most distinguished scholar activists from the liberation movements of the 1960s and '70s -- Eqbal Ahmad, Malcolm Caldwell, Basil Davidson, Chris Farley, Thomas Hodgkin, Ken Jordaan, Orlando Letelier -- in the aftermath of the transformation of the Institute itself from serving the policy-makers to serving the policed.
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