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  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141992372
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The New Age of Empire

How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World

An essential work outlining the origin and ongoing reality of global racism, from Britain's leading authority on Black Studies.

The New Age of Empire destroys the self-congratulatory myth that the West was founded on the three great revolutions of science, industry and politics. Instead, genocide, slavery and colonialism are the key foundation stones upon which the West was built, and we are still living under this system today: America is now at the helm, perpetuating global inequality through business, government, and institutions like the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. The West is rich because the Rest is poor. Capitalism is racism. The Enlightenment, which underlies every part of our foundational philosophy today, was and is profoundly racist. A work of essential clarity, The New Age of Empire is a groundbreaking new account of our place in our profoundly corrupt global system.

  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141992372
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Praise for The New Age of Empire

Kehinde Andrews is a crucial voice walking in a proud tradition of Black radical criticism and action


This book is a provocation. It is not meant to make us comfortable or inspired, but rather to remind us of the hard truth that the West was built on slavery, genocide, and colonialism-the bases of racial capitalism and modern empire. And as Kehinde Andrews argues, we are still living this imperial nightmare, still reaping the consequences of contemporary racialized violence and exploitation. The lesson: no freedom under racism, no future under capitalism, no justice without decolonization.

Robin Kelley

Kehinde is a leader and a teacher who puts the Black Lives Matter movement into its historical and global context and explains persuasively how it could shape our future. If you want to get beyond gestures and slogans and to the truth this is the book to get you there

Russell Brand

Professor Andrews takes the reader on a journey, and it isn't a comfortable one. I challenge you to pick up this book and read it carefully, once that is done, I am sure the reader will be challenged, in thinking and hopefully actions moving forward.

Dawn Butler

This book is a radical, necessary indictment of the racist structures that produced the current anti-Black world order. Historically rigorous and deeply researched, Kehinde Andrews writes with lucidity about the global tactics of Western imperialism, centuries ago and at present. His clear-eyed analysis insists upon the revolutionary acts of freedom we will need to break out of these systems of violence

Ibram X. Kendi

Skillfully interweaving economics, politics, and history to debunk popular narratives of social progress, this searing takedown hits home

Publisher's Weekly

An uncompromising account of the roots of racism today

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Professor Andrews never misses. And this is a compelling account of European Empires and the cost of their plunder

Nikesh Shukla

Uncompromising and intelligent. Kehinde is taking the conversation deeper and further - exactly where it needs to go.

Jeffrey Boakye

Kehinde Andrews shines a light on the truth of our past and in doing so lights the way forward. Essential reading

Owen Jones

Destined to serve as a kind of primary text for a new generation of students of antiracism looking to get to grips with the violence of our imperial inheritance

The Observer

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