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Du Bois enlists large amounts of historical evidence that undermined white supremacist theories of racial purity and of racial types.

Du Bois argues that the insurgency of the working class represented by the Russian Revolution shaped the political terrain in the interwar years.

According to Du Bois, Hitler was allowed some expansion, but not “the balance of power” in Europe.

Also, at this intersection of systems of oppression and super-exploitation in the most recent modern period, Du Bois traces white supremacy to its capitalist and colonialist origins.

Once having fought fascist militarism and imperialism, however, the people of Europe’s colonies would no longer tolerate subjugation, Du Bois shows.

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