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Red Globalism: The 'Other' Europe, Decolonization and African Heritage
Lecture | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St Antony's College, University of Oxford
The study of the Cold War has undergone fundamental transformation in recent years. While most of the scholarship on superpower confrontation has given way to wider notions of a global Cold War, comparatively little attention has been accorded to trans-continental interactions between smaller states, such as the relationship between Eastern Europe and its socialist partners in Africa and Asia. What little scholarly work has been done on this interface generally has been concerned with political, economic and/or military assistance. However, cultural relations even remote ones were no less decisive in inventing new trans-continental solidarities. In this talk, Betts will look at the fields of architecture, anthropology and art as sites that helped build imagined bridges across the socialist world, with a particular focus on East German-African relations in the 1960s.
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