The many intellectual debts I accumulated during the research and writing
of this work over the course of about a decade are far too numerous to allow
me to personally thank everyone who has ever offered me advice or assisted
me at some point. The generosity and kindness I often encountered when
I mentioned my research project are of course in large part testament to
the intellectual respect for C. L. R. James himself, and I can only give my
sincere apologies in advance to those many scholars, activists, friends, and
comrades who provided either feedback on my ideas or support at some
point but are not named here. Nonetheless, while I naturally take full re-
sponsibility for any errors of judgment or fact that remain, some cannot
escape so easily acknowledgment for what follows. First and foremost here
is David Howell, a model of partisan historical scholarship, who supervised
the doctoral thesis from which this work originates (“C. L. R. James in Im-
perial Britain, 1932–38,” Department of History, University of York, 2009).
Howell is a model of partisan historical scholarship, and without his tireless
and careful attention to detail, combined with a rare breadth and depth of
knowledge and understanding, my work on James would be immeasurably
poorer. Among the inspiring community of scholars who guided my doc-
toral research at the University of York, I also owe particular debts of grati-
tude to Allison Drew, Henrice Altink, and Alan Forrest, while I am also
grateful to Stephen Howe for his rigorous and constructive criticism of my
thesis in his role as external examiner.
Many other historians went above and beyond the call of duty by kindly
and generously assisting my research through providing relevant source
material and general counsel, including Ian Birchall, Paul Blackledge,
Gidon Cohen, Charles Forsdick, Leslie James, David Renton, and Daniel
Whittall. Two others in this category deserve special mention. First, David
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