Comrades of Color

Comrades of Color : East Germany in the Cold War World

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In keeping with the tenets of socialist internationalism, the political culture of the German Democratic Republic strongly emphasized solidarity with the non-white world: children sent telegrams to Angela Davis in prison, workers made contributions from their wages to relief efforts in Vietnam and Angola, and the deaths of Patrice Lumumba, Ho Chi Minh, and Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired public memorials. Despite their prominence, however, scholars have rarely examined such displays in detail. Through a series of illuminating historical investigations, this volume deploys archival research, ethnography, and a variety of other interdisciplinary tools to explore the rhetoric and reality of East German internationalism.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785337378
  • 9781785337376
  • 1,473,853

Table of contents

List of Figures Introduction Quinn Slobodian Chapter 1. Socialist Chromatism: Race, Racism and the Racial Rainbow in East Germany Quinn Slobodian PART I: AID ANDERS? Chapter 2. Through a Glass Darkly: East German Assistance to North Korea and Alternative Narratives of the Cold War Young Sun Hong Chapter 3. Between Fighters and Beggars: Socialist Philanthropy and the Imagery of Solidarity in East Germany Gregory Witkowski Chapter 4. Socialist Modernization in Vietnam: The East German Approach, 1976-1989 Bernd Schaefer PART II: AMBIVALENT SOLIDARITIES William "Bloke" Modisane to Margaret Legum, 1966 Chapter 5. Bloke Modisane in East Germany Simon Stevens Chapter 6. African Students and the Politics of Race and Gender in the German Democratic Republic, 1957-1990 Sara Pugach Chapter 7. Ambivalence and Desire in the East German 'Free Angela Davis' Campaign Katrina Hagen Chapter 8. True to the Politics of Frelimo? Teaching Socialism at the Schule der Freundschaft, 1981-1990 Jason Verber PART III: SOCIALIST MIRRORS "The black facade of the universities of German revisionism," The Red Flag of the University of Foreign Trade, 1968 Chapter 9. The Uses of Disorientation: Socialist Cosmopolitanism in an Unfinished DEFA-China Documentary Quinn Slobodian Chapter 10. Imposed Dialogues: Jorg Foth and Tran Vu's GDR-Vietnamese Co-Production Dschungelzeit (1988) Evan Torner and Victoria Rizo Lenshyn PART IV: INTERNATIONALIST REMAINS Chapter 11. Affective Solidarities and East German Reconstruction of Postwar Vietnam Christina Schwenkel Chapter 12. La Idea de Carlos Marx: Tracing Germany through a Long Cuban Imaginary Jennifer Ruth Hosek and Victor Fowler Calzada Bibliography Index
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"This is an important volume, providing a number of helpful interventions to a growing field. It ought to be commended for its unorthodox inclusion of primary sources, as well as its broad interdisciplinary approach, which reflects the multi-faceted nature of the topic it approaches." - Slavonic and East European Review
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About Quinn Slobodian

Quinn Slobodian is Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College and the author of Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany.
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