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Bajpai, Anandita (ED.)

Cordial Cold War

Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic

SAGE Spectrum, London, New Delhi et al., 2021
Serie: Politics and Society in India and the Global South

312 p.

ISBN 978-93-5479-022-5
Abstract

Cordial Cold War examines cultural entanglements, in various forms, between two distant yet interconnected sites of the Cold War—India and the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Focusing on theatre performances, film festivals, newsreels, travel literature, radio broadcasting, cartography and art as sites of engagement, the chapters spotlight spaces of interaction that emerged in spite of, and within, the ambits of Cold War constraints. The inter-disciplinary collection sheds light on the variegated nature of translocal cultural entanglements, at work even before the GDR was officially recognized as a sovereign state by India in 1972. By foregrounding the role of actors, their practices and the sites of their entanglement, the contributions show how creative energies were mobilized to forge zones of friendship, mutual interest and envisioned solidarities.
This volume situates actors from the Global South as mutual co-shapers of the cultural Cold War, therein shifting its Euro-American and Soviet epicenters to Non-Aligned India. Going beyond official state channels of international political dialogue, it locates cordiality in the micro-histories and everyday experiences of interpersonal engagements, bringing to focus a hitherto underexplored chapter of India–Germany entanglements.

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Contributions from ZMO
Bajpai, Anandita: Introduction - Cordial Cold War
Bajpai, Anandita: Warm Wavelengths
Haque, Reyazul: A Witness to History
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