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6. From Hamburg to Moscow and via Berlin to Hamburg

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Hamburg marked the beginning of the radical African Atlantic network. It had started as a vision that had merged political Pan-Africanism with radical, socialist and communist, aspirations. Its key activists had been African Americans but the objective of the network was to include all parts of the African Atlantic. From Moscow's perspective, the ITUCNW was to be an integral part of the RILU and of the Comintern's anticolonial agitation. The transformation of the Provisional ITUCNW to the (proper) ITUCNW was achieved in Hamburg. The density, intensity and content of the radical African Atlantic network that the ITUCNW wanted to establish had yet to be formalized. Apart from the RILU Negro Bureau in Moscow, a new secretariat was established for the ITUCNW in Hamburg. The ITUCNW's approach and political ambitious activists were different than earlier Pan-Africanist gatherings of intellectuals and members of the Black bourgeoisie.

Keywords: African Atlantic network; Black bourgeoisie; Comintern's anticolonial agitation; Hamburg; ITUCNW; Moscow; Pan-Africanism; RILU Negro Bureau



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