The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany and the United States in the Global Sixties (America in the World Series)

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Overview

"As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the sixties upheavals, there is much to discover about the global character of those radical days. It all seemed more spontaneous than coordinated, spread by media images rather than transnational organizations. But Martin Klimke's book illustrates some of the little-known interactions that linked the movements in the United States and Germany in a quest for a new international resistance. This is the most original and well-written academic contribution to understanding those times that I have read."--Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama.

"This fantastic book offers a completely new vantage point on the history of the cold war. It demonstrates brilliantly the value of serious attention to transnationally interconnected and critically idealist social movements, and to the challenges faced by the U.S. government in grappling with them."--Dagmar Herzog, Graduate Center, City University of New York

"Klimke's meticulous research and serious reflection greatly deepen and widen our knowledge of the turbulent years of transatlantic protest from a half-century ago. His book is also a considerable contribution to our thinking about modern social movements--and the response of beleaguered elites to crises for which they are, almost invariably, intellectually unprepared. It is, therefore, as contemporary as the most recent demonstrations on Capitol Hill or at the Brandenburg Gate."--Norman Birnbaum, Georgetown University

"Aptly titled, The Other Alliance rethinks the generational revolt of the sixties era. Klimke brings to life a transnational movement that linked radicals on both sides of the Atlantic to a global struggle for power and justice. Must reading for '68ers and those who seek to understand the history they made."--David Farber, author of The Age of Great Dreams

"The book's execution is impressive and the research is breathtaking: meticulous work in archives, numerous interviews with key figures, and comprehensive readings of the secondary literature. Klimke uncovers all kinds of links between the American and West German student movements; contextualizes these within social movement theory and other models; and teaches readers a great deal about the American and West German New Left and the rebellions of 1968. This book is clearly a labor of immense passion, discipline, intelligence, and insight."--Jeremy Varon, Drew University

"Martin Klimke's sparkling look at the stormy, transatlantic Sixties illuminates the startling cultural, intellectual and political threads of internationalism at the heart of the myriad youth revolutions then storming the ramparts. This brilliant young historian has unearthed a dazzling array of US/German interconnections woven into the jumble of GI resistance, women's rebellions, Black liberation, student militancy, government surveillance, and the common, fierce determination--here and there, not to be 'good Germans.'"--Bernardine Dohrn, Northwestern University, School of Law

"Unlike most accounts of 1968, Martin Klimke bursts the boundaries of nationalist histories in this well-crafted portrayal of the New Left's transnational origins. His evidence of the simultaneous emergence of common tactics, ideas, and dreams among activists in Germany and the US illustrates both autonomy and connections between the two movements. By tracing protesters' effects on the White House and US foreign policy, Klimke provides evidence of their impact at the highest levels of world power."--George Katsiaficas, author of The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
The Other Alliance takes the protest movements in West Germany and the United States . . . as a case study of how activists in different countries shared political ideas and forms of protest an in doing so influenced and inspired each other. But unlike some other analyses, his focuses on the 'exact processes' by which the two movements constructed a 'collective identity'. . . . What emerges from Klimke's study is an impressively nuanced picture.
— Hans Kundnani
Journal of American History
Martin Klimke's new study, The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany & the United States in the Global Sixties, represents an important attempt to go beyond vague generalizations about the 'global' to find ways of accessing and analyzing the pronounced interconnectedness that characterized the rebellion of the 1960s. . . . Klimke makes excellent use of a range of sources, including classified American government documents that open up a fascinating perspective on how intelligence agencies viewed the threat of student unrest. . . . [W]e can be grateful for Martin Klimke's excellent study, which represents an important addition to the vast and growing historical literature on the global sixties.
— Timothy Scott Brown
Choice
This logically organized, persuasive study of the transnational character of the 1960s student protest movement focuses on the relationship between New Left groups in the US and West German. Klimke, utilizing an impressive array of sources ranging from official archives to oral history interviews, examines the interaction between Students for a Democratic Society and its West German counterpart, the German Socialist Student League, as he makes his case for the significance of a student-led 'other alliance' that emerged in response to the perceived inadequacies and inanities of the official Western transatlantic partnership that evolved after 1945. . . . Klimke's examination of one aspect of the international protest movement that took shape during this era is impressive.
Central European History
Klimke brings important new information about international connections that concretizes the often (overly) general discussions of the international student movement. . . . Klimke has produced a valuable addition to the burgeoning literature on 1968. He has contributed to the effort to rescue 1968 from the 68ers and to specify what happened as opposed to what people 'remember.'
— Michael L. Hughes
Mobilization
The Other Alliance is a great read. It is an ambitious work that performs the valuable service of forcing us to think in new ways about the sixties as an aspect of globalization. Not only scholars of the sixties, but also those interested in transnational aspects of protest movements will need to take this work seriously. It is a valuable book for scholars well beyond the boundaries of German and American studies. I recommend it strongly, and have already begun to incorporate it into my work.
— Lorenzo Bosi
H-Soz-u-Kult
Klimke succeeds admirably in documenting the emergence and complex transnational entanglement of [the] 'other' alliance, using carefully crafted prose to support his exhaustive and painstaking research. . . . The Other Alliance is a bold and exciting work that will remain relevant for some time.
— Michael Stauch
American Historical Review
Klimke successfully walks a fine line between emphasizing the importance of international connections and recognizing the constraints upon them. This invaluable account will be a springboard for further research.
— Nick Thomas
Diplomatic History
[A] pioneering book on the student revolts of the 1960s and an excellent work of diplomatic history.
— Stuart Hilwig
German Studies Review
Klimke's account adds nuance to a historiography that has tended to neglect the response of the establishment beyond acts of police brutality.
— Quinn Slobodian
Canadian Journal of History
The product of truly prodigious research, The Other Alliance offers an amazingly complex and well-documented examination of the transnational political state of affairs of the 1960s, brilliantly detailing the historical and cultural determinism of the interaction between the student movements in West Germany and the United States in a global context.
— Georgia Tres
Journal of Transatlantic Studies
[T]his book is a model of groundbreaking scholarship.
— Klaus Schwabe
Times Literary Supplement - Hans Kundnani
The Other Alliance takes the protest movements in West Germany and the United States . . . as a case study of how activists in different countries shared political ideas and forms of protest an in doing so influenced and inspired each other. But unlike some other analyses, his focuses on the 'exact processes' by which the two movements constructed a 'collective identity'. . . . What emerges from Klimke's study is an impressively nuanced picture.
Journal of American History - Timothy Scott Brown
Martin Klimke's new study, The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany & the United States in the Global Sixties, represents an important attempt to go beyond vague generalizations about the 'global' to find ways of accessing and analyzing the pronounced interconnectedness that characterized the rebellion of the 1960s. . . . Klimke makes excellent use of a range of sources, including classified American government documents that open up a fascinating perspective on how intelligence agencies viewed the threat of student unrest. . . . [W]e can be grateful for Martin Klimke's excellent study, which represents an important addition to the vast and growing historical literature on the global sixties.
Central European History - Michael L. Hughes
Klimke brings important new information about international connections that concretizes the often (overly) general discussions of the international student movement. . . . Klimke has produced a valuable addition to the burgeoning literature on 1968. He has contributed to the effort to rescue 1968 from the 68ers and to specify what happened as opposed to what people 'remember.'
Mobilization - Lorenzo Bosi
The Other Alliance is a great read. It is an ambitious work that performs the valuable service of forcing us to think in new ways about the sixties as an aspect of globalization. Not only scholars of the sixties, but also those interested in transnational aspects of protest movements will need to take this work seriously. It is a valuable book for scholars well beyond the boundaries of German and American studies. I recommend it strongly, and have already begun to incorporate it into my work.
H-Soz-u-Kult - Michael Stauch
Klimke succeeds admirably in documenting the emergence and complex transnational entanglement of [the] 'other' alliance, using carefully crafted prose to support his exhaustive and painstaking research. . . . The Other Alliance is a bold and exciting work that will remain relevant for some time.
American Historical Review - Nick Thomas
Klimke successfully walks a fine line between emphasizing the importance of international connections and recognizing the constraints upon them. This invaluable account will be a springboard for further research.
Diplomatic History - Stuart Hilwig
[A] pioneering book on the student revolts of the 1960s and an excellent work of diplomatic history.
German Studies Review - Quinn Slobodian
Klimke's account adds nuance to a historiography that has tended to neglect the response of the establishment beyond acts of police brutality.
Canadian Journal of History - Georgia Tres
The product of truly prodigious research, The Other Alliance offers an amazingly complex and well-documented examination of the transnational political state of affairs of the 1960s, brilliantly detailing the historical and cultural determinism of the interaction between the student movements in West Germany and the United States in a global context.
Journal of Transatlantic Studies - Klaus Schwabe
[T]his book is a model of groundbreaking scholarship.
European Legacy - Francis D. Raska
Martin Klimke has produced a fascinating narrative coupled with extensive analysis. . . . Klimke's work teaches us that the global consciousness of young people predates the information age, in which we presently live. The seventh decade of the twentieth century clearly deserves further scholarly attention yet future efforts should also focus on other global relationships and their significance. This treatise will be an important source for students and scholars alike, and I certainly look forward to upcoming books by Martin Klimke.
From the Publisher

"The Other Alliance takes the protest movements in West Germany and the United States . . . as a case study of how activists in different countries shared political ideas and forms of protest an in doing so influenced and inspired each other. But unlike some other analyses, his focuses on the 'exact processes' by which the two movements constructed a 'collective identity'. . . . What emerges from Klimke's study is an impressively nuanced picture."--Hans Kundnani, Times Literary Supplement

"Martin Klimke's new study, The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany & the United States in the Global Sixties, represents an important attempt to go beyond vague generalizations about the 'global' to find ways of accessing and analyzing the pronounced interconnectedness that characterized the rebellion of the 1960s. . . . Klimke makes excellent use of a range of sources, including classified American government documents that open up a fascinating perspective on how intelligence agencies viewed the threat of student unrest. . . . [W]e can be grateful for Martin Klimke's excellent study, which represents an important addition to the vast and growing historical literature on the global sixties."--Timothy Scott Brown, Journal of American History

"This logically organized, persuasive study of the transnational character of the 1960s student protest movement focuses on the relationship between New Left groups in the US and West German. Klimke, utilizing an impressive array of sources ranging from official archives to oral history interviews, examines the interaction between Students for a Democratic Society and its West German counterpart, the German Socialist Student League, as he makes his case for the significance of a student-led 'other alliance' that emerged in response to the perceived inadequacies and inanities of the official Western transatlantic partnership that evolved after 1945. . . . Klimke's examination of one aspect of the international protest movement that took shape during this era is impressive."--Choice

"Klimke brings important new information about international connections that concretizes the often (overly) general discussions of the international student movement. . . . Klimke has produced a valuable addition to the burgeoning literature on 1968. He has contributed to the effort to rescue 1968 from the 68ers and to specify what happened as opposed to what people 'remember.'"--Michael L. Hughes, Central European History

"The Other Alliance is a great read. It is an ambitious work that performs the valuable service of forcing us to think in new ways about the sixties as an aspect of globalization. Not only scholars of the sixties, but also those interested in transnational aspects of protest movements will need to take this work seriously. It is a valuable book for scholars well beyond the boundaries of German and American studies. I recommend it strongly, and have already begun to incorporate it into my work."--Lorenzo Bosi, Mobilization

"Klimke succeeds admirably in documenting the emergence and complex transnational entanglement of [the] 'other' alliance, using carefully crafted prose to support his exhaustive and painstaking research. . . . The Other Alliance is a bold and exciting work that will remain relevant for some time."--Michael Stauch, H-Soz-u-Kult

"Klimke successfully walks a fine line between emphasizing the importance of international connections and recognizing the constraints upon them. This invaluable account will be a springboard for further research."--Nick Thomas, American Historical Review

"[A] pioneering book on the student revolts of the 1960s and an excellent work of diplomatic history."--Stuart Hilwig, Diplomatic History

"Klimke's account adds nuance to a historiography that has tended to neglect the response of the establishment beyond acts of police brutality."--Quinn Slobodian, German Studies Review

"The product of truly prodigious research, The Other Alliance offers an amazingly complex and well-documented examination of the transnational political state of affairs of the 1960s, brilliantly detailing the historical and cultural determinism of the interaction between the student movements in West Germany and the United States in a global context."--Georgia Tres, Canadian Journal of History

"[T]his book is a model of groundbreaking scholarship."--Klaus Schwabe, Journal of Transatlantic Studies

"Martin Klimke has produced a fascinating narrative coupled with extensive analysis. . . . Klimke's work teaches us that the global consciousness of young people predates the information age, in which we presently live. The seventh decade of the twentieth century clearly deserves further scholarly attention yet future efforts should also focus on other global relationships and their significance. This treatise will be an important source for students and scholars alike, and I certainly look forward to upcoming books by Martin Klimke."--Francis D. Raska, European Legacy

Times Literary Supplement
The Other Alliance takes the protest movements in West Germany and the United States . . . as a case study of how activists in different countries shared political ideas and forms of protest an in doing so influenced and inspired each other. But unlike some other analyses, his focuses on the 'exact processes' by which the two movements constructed a 'collective identity'. . . . What emerges from Klimke's study is an impressively nuanced picture.
— Hans Kundnani
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691131276
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2009
  • Series: America in the World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Martin Klimke is research fellow at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations vii
Abbreviations ix
Acknowledgments xiii
INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER 1: SDS Meets SDS 10
CHAPTER 2: Between Berkeley and Berlin, Frankfurt and San Francisco: The Networks and Nexus of Transnational Protest 40
CHAPTER 3: Building the Second Front: The Transatlantic Antiwar Alliance 75
CHAPTER 4: Black and Red Panthers 108
CHAPTER 5: The Other Alliance and the Transatlantic Partnership 143
CHAPTER 6: Student Protest and International Relations 194
CONCLUSION 236
Notes 247
List of Sources 325
Index 329
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