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Book Launch – Cecil Rhodes and Other Statues: Dealing Plainly with the Past

December 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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A sponsored presentation by the History Thematic Group

On December 8, 2021, Robert Calderisi—whose last assignment was Country Director for Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, 2000-2002—will be discussing his new book Cecil Rhodes and Other Statues: Dealing Plainly with the Past. In his book, while acknowledging many of Rhodes’s misdeeds, Calderisi argues that the famous imperialist (who added 750,000 square miles to the British Empire) was neither a white supremacist nor a war-monger. Instead, he writes that Rhodes’s vision of cooperation among powerful nations to promote prosperity and “permanent peace” (epitomized in the Rhodes Scholarships) was a forerunner of the post-World War II liberal international order, including the World Bank.

In his presentation, Calderisi will argue that looking soberly rather than sensationally at the past and sticking to the facts are as important as fighting poverty and racism and an important contribution to doing both. He will also challenge the notion that historical factors like colonial boundaries have been a predominant check on African prosperity.

His book can be purchased from Amazon: Cecil Rhodes and Other Statues: Dealing Plainly with the Past




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December 8, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm




WB History Thematic Group