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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 $140.00/£100.00 Hb Published (December 2015)

ISBN  978-1-78533-737-6 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Not Yet Published (August 2017)

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“The chapters in the edited volume provide nuanced cases of East German idealism and the limitations of its practice, which belied a variety of racial prejudices and tensions… the interdisciplinary and extended geographic scope of this edited volume successfully furthers a number of interrelated fields relating to the role of the GDR and the socialist world in the Cold War, race and their continuing legacies.” · Journal of Contemporary History

“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.

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




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: Jörg 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

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