Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945

Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945

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Over the past century, the United States has created a global network of military bases. While the force structure offers protection to US allies, it maintains the threat of violence toward others, both creating and undermining security. Amy Austin Holmes argues that the relationship between the US military presence and the non-US citizens under its security umbrella is inherently contradictory. She suggests that while the host population may be fully enfranchised citizens of their own government, they are at the same time disenfranchised vis-...-vis the US presence. This study introduces the concept of the 'protectariat' as they are defined not by their relationship to the means of production, but rather by their relationship to the means of violence. Focusing on Germany and Turkey, Holmes finds remarkable parallels in the types of social protest that occurred in both countries, particularly non-violent civil disobedience, labor strikes of base workers, violent attacks and kidnappings, and opposition parties in the more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 b/w illus. 4 maps 6 tables
  • 1139094106
  • 9781139094108

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'This important excursion into America's Cold War 'empire of bases' is concisely written, thoroughly documented, and rich with insight. Amy Holmes has written a first-rate book.' Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University, Massachusetts 'Amy Austin Holmes has written a timely and important book. In it, she addresses a pressing issue in international relations - the rise of America's 'empire of bases' in the postwar era. Holmes offers a compelling account of the anti-base social movements, their roots, and their impact on the American presence, showing the importance of social mobilization for restricting the US ambition to house its bases in Europe as well as illustrating how the anti-base movement became a great deal more effective once it harnessed the power of the labor movement. This study will be judged a signal contribution not just to the study of American military history, but also to the study of social movements.' Vivek Chibber, New York University 'This book addresses the politics of American military bases within a comparative analysis of Germany and Turkey. Through this, Amy Austin Holmes convincingly argues about the relevance of these cases in order to understand the development of the United States as a global power, pointing at the number of American bases outside the continental United States, as well as their peculiar forms. This book is well researched, utilizing archival materials on the US appreciation of and reaction to the peace movements in a very interesting manner.' Donatella Della Porta, European University Institute 'This is a well-written book on an understudied subject, especially in Turkey. Its rich archival data is complemented by an impressive number of interviews conducted in Turkey, Germany, and United States.' OEmer Aslan, Insight Turkeyshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: the global American military presence in comparative perspective; 2. Social unrest and the American military presence in Turkey during the Cold War; 3. Social unrest and the American military presence in Germany during the Cold War; 4. From shield to sword: the end of the Cold War to the invasion of Iraq; 5. Conclusion: losing more