The Cold War and the Imperialism of Nation-States

Prasenjit Duara

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

The Cold War and the Imperialism of Nation-States

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This chapter examines the role of the imperialism of nation-states in the Cold War. It suggests that the Cold War rivalry provided the “frame of reference” in which the historical forces of imperialism and nationalism interacted with developments such as decolonization, multiculturalism, and new ideologies and modes of identity formation. The chapter also argues that while the equilibrium of Cold War rivalry generated an entrenched political and ideological hegemony limiting the realization of political, economic, and imaginative possibilities in much of the world, the developing world represented significant weak links and played an equally important role in its collapse.

Keywords: imperialism; nation-states; Cold War; nationalism; decolonization; multiculturalism; identity formation; developing world

Article.  9340 words. 

Subjects: History ; Cold War ; Colonialism and Imperialism

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