Locating The Transnational in the Cold War

Penny Von Eschen

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

Locating The Transnational in the Cold War

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This chapter examines the role of the transnational in the Cold War. It suggests that Cold War transnationalism must be considered as a highly specific political and ideological formation, and analyzes transnational projects such as those reflected in the memorialization film of actor Bruce Lee and Congolese political leader Patrice Lumumba. The chapter contends that attention to transnational movements and formations raises fundamental questions about who should tell the story of the Cold War and comments on Kamila Shamsie's critically acclaimed 2009 book Burnt Shadows. It also shows that interconnectedness of the Cold War with national and transnational histories that predated the particular policies/crises of the Cold War.

Keywords: transnationals; Cold War; ideological formation; Cold War transnationalism; Bruce Lee; Patrice Lumumba; Kamila Shamsie; Burnt Shadows

Article.  8613 words. 

Subjects: History ; Cold War ; International History

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