Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany (Radical Perspectives)

Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany (Radical Perspectives)

By: Slobodian, Quinn

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It is often asserted that West German New Leftists "discovered the Third World" in the pivotal decade of the 1960s. Quinn Slobodian upsets that storyline by beginning with individuals from the Third World themselves: students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America who arrived on West German campuses in large numbers in the early 1960s. They were the first to mobilize German youth in protest against acts of state violence and injustice perpetrated beyond Europe and North America. The activism of the foreign students served as a model for West German students, catalyzing social movements and influencing modes of opposition to the Vietnam War. In turn, the West Germans offered the international students solidarity and safe spaces for their dissident engagements. This collaboration helped the West German students to develop a more nuanced, empathetic understanding of the Third World, not just as a site of suffering, poverty, and violence, but also as the home of politicized individuals with the capacity and will to speak in their own names.

Title: Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany (Radical Perspectives)

Author: Slobodian, Quinn

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Duke University Press Books: 2012-03-21

ISBN/UPC Number: 0822351846

ISBN/UPC Number 13: 9780822351849

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: new

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: 9780822351849

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