- THE OTHER ALLIANCE

PRAISE

“[A] pioneering book on the student revolts of the 1960s and an excellent work of diplomatic history.“
– Stuart Hilwig, Diplomatic History


“Martin Klimke’s academic book, the result of a 10-year-long research effort with more than a 1,000 annotations … opens up a new perspective on the student movement …“

– Rolf Steininger, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


“What emerges from Klimke’s study is an impressively nuanced picture.“

– Hans Kundnani, The Times Literary Supplement


“Klimke succeeds admirably in documenting the emergence and complex transnational entanglement of this “other” alliance, using carefully crafted prose to support his exhaustive and painstaking research. … a bold and exciting work that will remain relevant for some time“
- Michael Stauch, H-Soz-u-Kult


“[A]n excellent contribution to the growing historiography on the protest movements of the 1960s. Thought provoking, erudite, insightful, challenging, and informative, it testifies to Klimke’s attention to detail and his mastery of his subject. … .This invaluable account will be a springboard for further research.

- Nick Thomas, American Historical Review


“Martin Klimke’s new study … represents an important attempt to go beyond vague generalizations about the “global” to find ways of accessing and analyzing the pronounced interconnectedness that characterized the rebellion of the 1960s. … Klimke makes excellent use of a range of sources, including classified American government documents that open up a fascinating perspective on how intelligence agencies viewed the threat of student unrest. … [W]e can be grateful for Martin Klimke’s excellent study, which represents an important addition to the vast and growing historical literature on the global sixties.“

– Timoth S. Brown, Journal of American History


“Klimke brings important new information about international connections that concretizes the often (overly) general discussions of the international student movement … Klimke has produced a valuable addition to the burgeoning literature on 1968. He has contributed to the effort to rescue 1968 from the 68ers and to specify what happened as opposed to what people ‘remember.’“

– Michael L. Hughes, Central European History


“This logically organized, persuasive study of the transnational character of the 1960s student protest movement focuses on the relationship between New Left groups in the US and West German. Klimke, utilizing an impressive array of sources ranging from official archives to oral history interviews, examines the interaction between Students for a Democratic Society and its West German counterpart, the German Socialist Student League, as he makes his case for the significance of a student-led ‘other alliance’ that emerged in response to the perceived inadequacies and inanities of the official Western transatlantic partnership that evolved after 1945. … Klimke’s examination of one aspect of the international protest movement that took shape during this era is impressive.“

– Choice (American Library Association)


“[A] quantum leap in the research on the ‘global 1968’“

– Philipp Gassert, H-Soz-u-Kult


“A fine and exemplary book“

– Jacco Pekelder, International Review of Social History


“[A] fantastic new addition to the slim canon of English works devoted to the roots of the German student movement … Klimke is unencumbered by the inherent biases that cloud the analyses of so many scholars of the era … [and] is part of the coming and welcome wave of scholars that can evaluate this challenging and important time with mindset of a true historian.“

– Richard Huffmann, baader-meinhof.com


“This is the most original, best-researched and well-written academic contribution to understanding those times that I have read, and I have read most of them.“

– Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties


“This fantastic book offers a completely new vantage point on the history of the Cold War. It demonstrates brilliantly the value of serious attention to transnationally interconnected and critically idealist social movements and to the challenges faced by the U.S. government in grappling with them.“

– Dagmar Herzog, Graduate Center, City University of New York


“The book’s execution is impressive and the research is breathtaking: meticulous work in archives, numerous interviews with key figures, and comprehensive readings of the secondary literature. Klimke uncovers all kinds of links between the American and West German student movements; contextualizes these within social movement theory and other models; and teaches readers a great deal about the American and West German New Left and the rebellions of 1968. This book is clearly a labor of immense passion, discipline, intelligence, and insight.“

– Jeremy Varon, New School for Social Research


“Aptly titled,
The Other Alliance rethinks the generational revolt of the sixties era. Klimke brings to life a transnational movement that linked radicals on both sides of the Atlantic to a global struggle for power and justice. Must reading for ‘68ers and those who seek to understand the history they made.“
– David Farber, author of The Age of Great Dreams


“Martin Klimke’s sparkling look at the stormy, transatlantic Sixties illuminates the startling cultural, intellectual and political threads of internationalism at the heart of the myriad youth revolutions then storming the ramparts. This brilliant young historian has unearthed a dazzling array of US/German interconnections woven into the jumble of GI resistance, women’s rebellions, Black liberation, student militancy, government surveillance, and the common, fierce determination – here and there, not to be “good Germans.“

– Bernardine Dohrn, Northwestern University, School of Law


“Unlike most accounts of 1968, Martin Klimke bursts the boundaries of nationalist histories in this well-crafted portrayal of the New Left’s transnational origins. His evidence of the simultaneous emergence of common tactics, ideas, and dreams among activists in Germany and the US illustrates both autonomy and connections between the two movements. By tracing protesters’ effects on the White House and US foreign policy, Klimke provides evidence of their impact at the highest levels of world power.“

– George Katsiaficas, author of The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968


“Klimke’s meticulous research and serious reflection greatly deepens and widens our knowledge of the turbulent years of transatlantic protest of a half-century ago. His book is also a considerable contribution to our thinking about modern social movements – and about the response of beleaguered elites to crises for which they are, almost invariably, intellectually unprepared. It is, therefore, as contemporary as the most recent demonstration on Capitol Hill or at the Brandenburg Gate.“

– Norman Birnbaum, Georgetown University


“Martin Klimke’s book … will provoke debate and will shake up the subject, generating renewed attention from both contentious politics scholars and historians of the Sixties …[I]n this delightfully written and highly accessible historical work …Klimke gives us a fresh look at how protest events in West Germany, US and around the world were interlinked during one of the most important periods in the 20th century. …
The Other Alliance is a great read, is properly ambitious and performs a valuable service in forcing us to think in new ways about the Sixties as a contemporary experience of globalization.“
– Lorenzo Bosi (European University Institute, Florence), in Mobilization