Using previously classified documents and original interviews, The Other Alliance examines the channels of cooperation between American and West German student movements throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, and the reactions these relationships provoked from the U.S. government. Revising the standard narratives of American and West German social mobilization during that period, Martin Klimke demonstrates the strong transnational connections between New Left groups on both sides of the Atlantic.
Klimke illustrates that the cold war partnership of the American and German governments was mirrored by a growing coalition of rebelling counterelites, whose common political origins and opposition to the Vietnam War played a vital role in generating dissent in the United States and Europe. American protest techniques such as the “sit-in” or “teach-in” became crucial components of the main organization driving student activism in West Germany—the German Socialist Student League—and motivated American and German student activists to construct networks against global imperialism.
Klimke traces the crucial impact that Black Power and Germany’s unresolved National Socialist past had on the German student movement; he investigates how U.S. government agencies, such as the State Department’s Interagency Youth Committee, advised American foreign policymakers on confrontations with student unrest abroad; and he highlights the challenges student protesters posed to cold war alliances.
Exploring the conditions that catalyzed the cross-pollination of student protest movements between two continents, The Other Alliance is a pioneering work of transnational history that will speak to scholars and students on both sides of the Atlantic.
Published by Princeton University Press:
Cloth | 2009 | $39.50 / £27.95 | ISBN: 9780691131276
Paper | 2011 | $24.95 / £16.95 | ISBN: 9780691152462
368 pp. | 6 x 9 | 30 halftones. 3 line illus.
e-Book | 2009 | $24.95 | ISBN: 9781400832156
NEW: Kindle Edition
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