Race, Ethnicity and the Cold War: A Global Perspective (Hardback)Philip E. Muehlenbeck (editor)
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A white American woman is raped by a black Panamanian labourer in 1946 in the Panama Canal Zone, and the aftermath affects labour relations in the Western hemisphere for the next two decades. And numerous nations use the African continent to exercise their colonial muscle and post war power, only to encounter the financial and military burdens that will exhaust and alienate their own citizenry half a world away. As Race, Ethnicity, and the Cold War reveals, during this dangerous era there were no longer any ""isolated incidents."" Like the butterfly flapping its wings and changing the weather on the other side of the globe, an instance of racial or ethnic hostility had ripple effects across a Cold War world of brinksmanship between bitter national rivals and ideological opponents.
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Number of pages: 344
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
--Journal of Cold War Studies
"The collection is a valuable addition to the historiography of the new international history."
"Race, Ethnicity, and the Cold War makes it clear that race, and even racism, was not something uniquely afflicting the United States, and that it can be studied in many other societies, and that it had an impact on the foreign policies of these countries."
--Thomas Alan Schwartz, author of Lyndon Johnson and Europe
"By uncovering the transnational history of linkages between race, ethnicity, and global conflict, this volume makes clear that the challenge of grappling with, in Obama's words, our 'teeming, colliding, irksome diversity, ' marked not just the United States, but many parts of the world. Perhaps recognizing the global nature of this challenge can serve as one step toward confronting the many boundaries that continue to divide human beings from each other and from our shared history."
--from the Introduction by Nico Slate, Carnegie Mellon University
..".the authors included [in Race, Ethnicity, and the Cold War] demonstrate a nuanced understanding of how anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles, immigration, and nationalist movements connect to the Cold War histories of peoples throughout the world."
--Journal of African American History
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