Susan L. Carruthers

in Cold War Captives

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257306
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944794 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the start of the Cold War. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine captivity as a dense matrix of ideas, images, and practices. It is, in part, a study of the storytelling that makes popular sense of geopolitics. Metaphors of enslavement played a crucial role in transforming the Soviet Union and China from courageous wartime allies into barbarous foes implacably opposed to the “free world.” The discussion then turns to the international politics of im/mobility, the “slave world” of communism, and sentimental anticommunism.

Keywords: Cold War; captivity; Soviet Union; China; slavery; slave world; communism

Chapter.  9584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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