The Lives of Cold War Afro-Asianism

Author: Carolien Stolte, Su Lin Lewis

About this book

The Afro-Asianism of the early Cold War has long remained buried under the narrative of Bandung, homogenising and subverting the different visions of post-colonial worldmaking that co-existed alongside the Bandung project. This book turns the lens on these other visions and the transnational interactions that emerged from various other gatherings of the 1950s and 1960s that existed beyond the realm of high diplomacy while blurring the lines between state and non-state projects. It examines how Afro-Asianism was lived by activists, intellectuals, cultural figures, as well as political leaders in building a post-imperial world – particularly women. As a whole, this collection of essays examines the diversity of Afro-Asian ideals that emerged through such movements, untangling the personal relationships, political competition, racial hierarchies, and solidarities that shaped them. By visualising political Afro-Asianism and its proponents as a living network, a fuller picture of decolonization and the Cold War is brought into view.

Carolien Stolte is Senior Lecturer at Leiden University, in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the international history of South Asia. She co-led, with Su-Lin Lewis, the AHRC Research Network ‘Afro-Asian Networks in the Early Cold War’.

Su Lin Lewis is an Associate Professor in Modern Global History at the University of Bristol. Her monograph Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia 1920-1940 were published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. She co-led, with Carolien Stolte, the AHRC Research Network ‘Afro-Asian Networks in the Early Cold War’.

Format: Hardback

Pages: 334

Illustrated: black & white

ISBN Print: 9789087283889

ISBN ePDF: 9789400604346

Language: English

"The Lives of Cold War Afro-Asianism is an excellent, thought-provoking edited volume that is simultaneously wide-ranging and intimate in its coverage. It makes a clear contribution to scholarship on twentieth-century international and global history, highlighting ways in which the Cold War, decolonization, and anti-colonialism intersected in thought, word, and deed."

"This is an immensely exciting project. […] I can see this book will plug many gaps in the literature that brings together decolonization and the Cold War."

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