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Title:Special issue: Rethinking Cold War history in Southern Africa
Editor:Lee, Christopher J.ISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History (ISSN 0259-0190)
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
Subjects:cold war
national liberation struggles
international politics
External link:http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_issuetoc&pid=0259-019020110001
Abstract:This special issue of 'Kronos' seeks to incorporate regional perspectives found in area studies to readdress the parameters and politics of the Cold War period. Reconsidering the Cold War as a conflict, time period, and context of ideological debate provides a lens for reassessing the time frames of 'colonial' and 'postcolonial' and the power and experiences they capture, as well as challenging the prevailing Eurocentric assumptions and focal points of Cold War history, and the 'Cold War' itself as a framing device which risks totalizing historical experience. The contributions work on a scale from individual biography to social history to continental and global history, demonstrating that Cold War history is not reducible to diplomacy or international relations, but can also occupy realms of culture and community within and beyond the nation-State. These histories demonstrate the transnational connections that emerged between postcolonial countries like Ghana and Tanzania and those still experiencing 'decolonization of a special type', whether in Namibia or South Africa, thus pointing to the problems of epochal periodization and temporal uniformity in which regional and local meaning are lost. Contents: Decolonization of a special type: rethinking Cold War history in southern Africa (Christopher J. Lee) - Imagining nation, State, and order in the mid-twentieth century (Ryan M. Irwin) - Road to Ghana: Nkrumah, southern Africa and the eclipse of a decolonizing Africa (Jeffrey S. Ahlman) - A native of nowhere: the life of South African journalist Nat Nakasa, 1937-1965 (Ryan Lenora Brown) - Living in exile: daily life and international relations at SWAPO's Kongwa Camp (Christian A. Williams) - Rationalizing 'gukurahundi': Cold War and South African foreign relations with Zimbabwe, 1981-1983 (Timothy Scarnecchia) - The South Africa-Angola talks, 1976-1984: a little-known Cold War thread (Christopher Saunders). [ASC Leiden abstract]