Alternative Globalizations

9780253046505: Hardback
Release Date: 1st March 2020

9780253046512: Paperback
Release Date: 1st March 2020

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 440

Indiana University Press

Alternative Globalizations

Eastern Europe and the Postcolonial World

Globalization has become synonymous with the seemingly unfettered spread of capitalist multinationals, but this focus on the West and western economies ignores the wide variety of globalizing projects that sprang up in the socialist world as a consequence of the end of the European empires. This collection is the first to explore alternative forms of globalization across the socialist world during the Cold War.

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Globalization has become synonymous with the seemingly unfettered spread of capitalist multinationals, but this focus on the West and western economies ignores the wide variety of globalizing projects that sprang up in the socialist world as a consequence of the end of the European empires. This collection is the first to explore alternative forms of globalization across the socialist world during the Cold War. Gathering the work of established and upcoming scholars of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and China, Alternative Globalizations addresses the new relationships and interconnections which emerged between a decolonizing world in the post-war period and an increasingly internationalist eastern bloc after the death of Stalin. In many cases, the legacies of these former globalizing impulses from the socialist world still exist today. Divided into four sections, the works gathered examine the economic, political, developmental, and cultural aspects of this exchange. In doing so, the authors break new ground in exploring this understudied history of globalization and provide a multifaceted study of an increasing post-war interconnectedness across a socialist world.

Acknowledgments

Introduction / James Mark, Artemy M. Kalinovsky, and Steffi Marung

Part I: Red Globalisation?

1. The Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Alternative Visions of a Global Economy 1950s-1980s / James Mark and Yakov Feygin

2. The Cold War in the Margins of Capital. The Soviet Union’s Introduction to the Decolonized World, 1955-61 / Oscar Sanchez-Sibony

3. The Soviet Bloc and China’s Global Opening-up Policy during the Last Years of Mao Zedong / Péter Vámos

4. From Socialist Assistance to National Self-Interest: Vietnamese Labor Migration into CMEA Countries / Alena K. Alamgir and Christina Schwenkel

Part II: A Socialist Age of Development?

5. "Socialist Development" and East Germany in the Arab Middle East / Massimiliano Trentin

6. Entangling Agrarian Modernities: The "Agrarian Question" through the Eyes of Soviet Africanists / Steffi Marung

7. Socialist Worldmaking. Architecture and Global Urbanization in the Cold War / Łukasz Stanek

Part III: Cultural Encounters: Discovering Similarities, Defining Difference, Creating Identities

8. Writing the Soviet South into the History of the Cold War and Decolonization / Artemy M. Kalinovsky

9. Internationalizing the Thaw: Soviet Orientalists and the Contested Politics of Spiritual Solidarity in Asia 1954-1959 / Hanna Jansen

10. Soviet Anti-racism and Its Discontents: The Cold War Years / Maxim Matusevich

11. Southeast by Global South: The Balkans, UNESCO, and the Cold War / Bogdan C. Iacob

Part IV: Global Encounter and Challenges to State Socialism

12. A Prehistory of Postcolonialism in Socialist Poland / Adam F. Kola

13. Competing Solidarities? Solidarność and the Global South during the 1980s / Kim Christiaens and Idesbald Goddeeris

14. China is Not Far! Alternative Internationalism and the Tiananmen Square Massacre in East Germany’s 1989 / Quinn Slobodian

Glossary

Index

Alena K. Alamgir is Instructor of Sociology at Emory University. She is editor of Labor and Labor Migration in State Socialism.

Kim Christiaens is Assistant Professor and Director of KADOC, the Research and Documentation Centre on Religion, Culture and Society at KU Leuven. He is co-editor of European Solidarity with Chile, 1970s-1980s.

Yakov Feygin is History and Policy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Idesbald Goddeeris is Professor at the Research Unit of History at KU Leuven. He is co-editor of Solidarity with Solidarity: Western European Trade Unions and the Polish Crisis, 1980-1982.

Adam F. Kola is Assistant Professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University, President of the Polish Comparative Literature Association, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago. He is author of Socialist Postcolonialism: The Reconsolidation of Memory, Europe in Polish, Czech, and Croatian Discourse: A Critical Reconfiguration, and Comparing Czech and Russian Slavophilism, all in Polish.

Bogdan C. Iacob was Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

Hanna Jansen is Ph.D. Candidate in Eastern European and Russian History at the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies.

Artemy M. Kalinovsky is Senior Lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is author of Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan and A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan.

James Mark is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is author of The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe and co-author of Europe's 1968: Voices of Revolt.

Steffi Marung is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig. She is author of Die wandernde Grenze: Die EU, Polen und der Wandel politischer Räume, 1990-2010.

Maxim Matusevich is Professor of History and Director of the Russian and East European Studies Program at Seton Hall University. He is author of No Easy Row for a Russian Hoe: Ideology and Pragmatism in the Nigerian-Soviet Relations, 1960-1991 and editor of Africa in Russia, Russia in Africa: Three Centuries of Encounters.

Oscar Sanchez-Sibony is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong. He is author of Red Globalization: The Political Economy of the Soviet Cold War from Stalin to Khrushchev.

Christina Schwenkel is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is author of The American War in Contemporary Vietnam: Transnational Remembrance and Representation (Indiana University Press, 2009).

Quinn Slobodian is Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College. He is author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism and Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany and editor of Comrades of Color: East Germany in the Cold War World.

Łukasz Stanek is Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, The University of Manchester, UK. He is author of Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory.

Massimiliano Trentin is Associate Professor of Modern History and International Relations of Western Asia at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy. He is author of Engineers of Modern Development: East German Experts in Ba’thist Syria, 1965-1972 and La Guerra fredda tedesca in Siria: diplomazia, economia e politica, 1963-1970.

Péter Vámos is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Associate Professor at the Károli Gáspár University in Budapest. He is the co-editor of Beyond the Kremlin’s reach? Eastern Europe and China in the Cold War era.

James Mark is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is author of The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe and author (with Robert Gildea and Anette Warring) of Europe's 1968: Voices of Revolt.

Artemy Kalinovsky is Senior Lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is author of Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan and A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Steffi Marung is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig. She is author of Die wandernde Grenze: Die EU, Polen und der Wandel politischer Räume, 19902010.