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Comrades of Color

East Germany in the Cold War World

Edited by Quinn Slobodian

334 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-705-3 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 2015)

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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

“This is far and away the most creative book available in English on East German foreign relations. Quinn Slobodian has pulled together fresh contributions from many of the leading experts on the GDR’s interaction with the Global South.” · William Glenn Gray, Purdue University

Comrades of Color is an important and original contribution to debates about the entangled histories of the Second and Third Worlds during the Cold War. Thought-provoking and carefully curated, the essays in this exciting collection will be indispensable for research and teaching on the history of socialist internationalism.” · Celia Donert, University of Liverpool

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.

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

Series: Volume 15, Protest, Culture & Society
Subject: Postwar History
Area: Germany

LC: DD284 .C65 2015

BISAC: HIS014000 HISTORY/Europe/Germany; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; POL011010 POLITICAL SCIENCE/International Relations/Diplomacy

BIC: HBTW The Cold War; HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000


List of Figures

Quinn Slobodian

Chapter 1. Socialist Chromatism: Race, Racism and the Racial Rainbow in East Germany
Quinn Slobodian


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


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


“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: Jörg Foth and Tran Vu's GDR-Vietnamese Co-Production Dschungelzeit (1988)
Evan Torner and Victoria Rizo Lenshyn


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

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