Eastern Europe and the Postcolonial World

Mark, James, Kalinovsky, Artemy M., et Marung, Steffi, Alternative Globalizations. Eastern Europe and the Postcolonial World, Indiana University Press, février 2020, 352 p.

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 postwar 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 postwar interconnectedness across a socialist world.

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, 1990– 2010.

Table des matières


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

Part I: Red Globalisation?

  • 1. James Mark and Yakov Feygin «The Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Alternative Visions of a Global Economy 1950s-1980s»
  • 2. Oscar Sanchez-Sibony — «The Cold War in the Margins of Capital. The Soviet Union’s Introduction to the Decolonized World, 1955-61»
  • 3. Péter Vámos — «The Soviet Bloc and China’s Global Opening-up Policy during the Last Years of Mao Zedong»
  • 4. Alena K. Alamgir and Christina Schwenkel — «From Socialist Assistance to National Self-Interest: Vietnamese Labor Migration into CMEA Countries»

Part II: A Socialist Age of Development?

  • 5. Massimiliano Trentin — «”Socialist Development” and East Germany in the Arab Middle East»
  • 6. Steffi Marung — «Entangling Agrarian Modernities: The “Agrarian Question” through the Eyes of Soviet Africanists»
  • 7. Łukasz Stanek — «Socialist Worldmaking. Architecture and Global Urbanization in the Cold War»

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

  • 8. Artemy M. Kalinovsky — «Writing the Soviet South into the History of the Cold War and Decolonization»
  • 9. Hanna Jansen — «Internationalizing the Thaw: Soviet Orientalists and the Contested Politics of Spiritual Solidarity in Asia 1954-1959»
  • 10. Maxim Matusevich — «Soviet Anti-racism and Its Discontents: The Cold War Years»
  • 11. Bogdan C. Iacob — «Southeast by Global South: The Balkans, UNESCO, and the Cold War»

Part IV: Global Encounter and Challenges to State Socialism

  • 12. Adam F. Kola — «A Prehistory of Postcolonialism in Socialist Poland»
  • 13. Kim Christiaens and Idesbald Goddeeris — «Competing Solidarities? Solidarność and the Global South during the 1980s»
  • 14. Quinn Slobodian — «China is Not Far! Alternative Internationalism and the Tiananmen Square Massacre in East Germany’s 1989»




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