From Nasser to Mao: A Global History of Third Worldism
During the second half of the twentieth century, the idea that decolonizing countries represented an alternative block distinct from the Cold War order emerged as an influential bond between distant ... Lesen Sie weiter
During the second half of the twentieth century, the idea that decolonizing countries represented an alternative block distinct from the Cold War order emerged as an influential bond between distant parts of the globe. The emancipatory potential of the “Third World” tied various political movements to each other, from the Viet Cong to Algeria’s National Liberation Front and Palestinian groups. By 1970, Third Worldism had developed into a powerful idea that also inspired political groups in the former metropoles. But what did the concept of the Third World entail? How did it develop over time? Did contemporaries in Beirut, Oakland, and West Berlin mean the same thing when they referred to the “Third World” during the early 1970s? This seminar seeks to discuss these questions by drawing on a wide array of recent case studies about Third Worldism in different locales. Form theories about the origins of Third Worldism in Interwar Paris, Maoist China, and the Algerian Civil War to its global spread, the seminar considers the concept of the Third World as a testing ground for a global intellectual history, exploring the promises as well as the limits of such an approach.
Christoph Kalter, The Discovery of the Third World: The French Radical Left and the International Struggle Against Colonialism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016); James Jeffrey Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization and the Third World Order (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016); Anne Garland Mahler, From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity (Durham: Duke University Press, 2018); Julia Lovell, Maoism: A Global History (London: Bodley Head, 2019).