European Radicals and the 'Third World': Imagined Solidarities and Radical Networks, 1958–73
Source: Cultural and Social History, 1 December 2011, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 449-471(23)
Abstract:This article addresses the importance of Third Worldism/tiersmondisme as a source of inspiration for European radicals on both sides of the Iron Curtain 1958–73, focusing on the cases of France, the Netherlands and Hungary. Using both oral history and archival material, it considers the decline of domestic anti-fascist traditions as a source of revolutionary identity; the emergence of new political networks both within and outside Europe based on solidarity with 'Third World' anti-imperial movements; and the way in which the Algerian anti-colonial movement, the Cuban revolution, the Chinese cultural revolution and the struggles of Vietnam provided inspiration for, and were 'domesticated' by, European activists. Finally, the article considers the decline of Third Worldism as a source of inspiration for political practice in the early to mid-1970s.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: History Faculty, University of Oxford, Worcester College, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HB, UK;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Department of History, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, University of Exeter EX4 4RJ, UK;, Email: email@example.com 3: Department of History, University of Amsterdam, Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2011-12-01T00:00:00