The Other Cold War

The Other Cold War

by Heonik Kwon
     
 

ISBN-10: 023115304X

ISBN-13: 9780231153041

Pub. Date: 12/01/2010

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In this conceptually bold project, Heonik Kwon uses anthropology to interrogate the cold war's cultural and historical narratives. Adopting a truly panoramic view of local politics and international events, he challenges the notion that the cold war was a global struggle fought uniformly around the world and that the end of the war marked a radical, universal

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In this conceptually bold project, Heonik Kwon uses anthropology to interrogate the cold war's cultural and historical narratives. Adopting a truly panoramic view of local politics and international events, he challenges the notion that the cold war was a global struggle fought uniformly around the world and that the end of the war marked a radical, universal rupture in modern history.

Incorporating comparative ethnographic study into a thorough analysis of the period, Kwon upends cherished ideas about the global and their hold on contemporary social science. His narrative describes the slow decomposition of a complex social and political order involving a number of local and culturally creative processes. While the nations of Europe and North America experienced the cold war as a time of "long peace," postcolonial nations entered a different reality altogether, characterized by vicious civil wars and other exceptional forms of violence. Arguing that these events should be integrated into any account of the era, Kwon captures the first sociocultural portrait of the cold war in all its subtlety and diversity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231153041
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Columbia Studies in International and Global History Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1 1. The Idea of the End2. Two Color Lines of the Twentieth Century3. American OrientalismPart 2 4. The Ambidextrous Body5. The Democratic FamilyPart 3 6. Rethinking Postcolonial History7. Cold War Culture in PerspectiveConclusionNotes Bibliography Index

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