Off white

Central and Eastern Europe and the global history of race

Edited by Catherine Baker, Bogdan C. Iacob, Anik贸 Imre and James Mark

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  • Publish Date: May 2024
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    This volume foregrounds racial difference as a key to an alternative history of the Central and Eastern European region, which revolves around the role of whiteness as the unacknowledged foundation of semi-peripheral nation-states and national identities, and of the region's current status as a global stronghold of unapologetic white, Christian nationalisms. Contributions address the pivotal role of whiteness in international diplomacy, geographical exploration, media cultures, music, intellectual discourses, academic theories, everyday language and banal nationalism's many avenues of expressions. The book offers new paradigms for understanding the relationships among racial capitalism, populism, economic peripherality and race.


    'With Off white no one can any longer doubt that race and racism are central features of Central and East European societies and their histories. Researchers and teachers of the modern state across the region now have an authoritative and compelling resource to address these questions. This is a significant contribution both to racial and East European studies.'
    David Theo Goldberg, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine
    'Struggling to break free from the tenets of outdated area studies, Off White is an ambitious and timely collective endeavour showcasing a wide spectrum of historical and current perspectives on race and whiteness in Central and Eastern Europe. Using rich and detailed case studies, the authors zoom in on the complex and contradictory regional racial dynamics. This collection is an important milestone in critical race studies, as well as in the historiography of Central and Eastern Europe. A volume to be celebrated.'

    Madina Tlostanova, Professor of Postcolonial Feminisms, Link枚ping University, Sweden, author of What Does It Mean to Be Post-Soviet?

    'This exciting and sophisticated collection fundamentally challenges the tendency of the study of whiteness in the United States to regard racial identity and hatred as being learned by immigrants after their arrival. It describes a varied and troubling history of whiteness prior to and then parallel to racial learning in the United States. The chapters show how deeply claims to whiteness mattered in the past of central and eastern Europe, underwriting anti-Jewish and anti-Roma policies, mixing race and class, and giving elites a way to envision belonging in Europe. Off white is a revelation and a delight on many different levels.'

    David Roediger teaches American studies at University of Kansas. His books include Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White


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    Introduction: racial disavowals - historicising whiteness in Central and Eastern Europe - James Mark, Anik贸 Imre, Bogdan C. Iacob and Catherine Baker
    1 Wilson's white world: the foundation of Central-Eastern European nation-states after World War I - James Mark
    2 The 'racial contract', 'whiteness contract', and Central Europe - Bolaji Balogun
    3 Not quite white: Russians as Turanians in nineteenth-century Polish thought - Maciej G贸rny
    4 Racial thinking among Czech anthropologists: the case of Vojtech Suk - Victoria Shmidt
    5 'Hungarian Indians': race and colonialism in Hungarian 'Indian play' - Zolt谩n Ginelli
    6 Peripheral whiteness and racial belonging and non-belonging: accounts from Albania - Chelsi West Ohueri
    7 The aesthetics of alternation and the returns of race: Poland and the Jewish Question - Sudeep Dasgupta
    8 Retailored for a Soviet spectator: racial difference and whiteness in the films of the 1930s to the early 1950s - Irina Novikova
    9 'With the help of the great Russian people': the (invisible) whiteness of Soviet anti-colonialism and gender emancipation from Central Asia to Khartoum - Yulia Gradskova
    10 The whiteness of 'Christian Europe': the case of Hungary - Paul Hanebrink
    11 Alien at home, white overseas: the Polish interwar Maritime and Colonial League and the 'Jewish Question' - Marta Grzechnik
    12 Midsommar and the production of white fantasy - Anik贸 Imre
    13 In pursuit of Western modernity: Russian-speaking migrants claiming whiteness in Helsinki - Daria Krivonos
    14 The 'perpetual foreigner' in Serbia: on being marked and unmarked in a 'raceless' state - Sunnie Rucker-Chang
    15 Re-routing Eastern European whiteness: relational racialisation and historical proximity - Spela Drnovsek Zorko
    16 Through the Balkans to Christchurch: Southeast Europe and global white nationalist historical mythology - Catherine Baker



    Catherine Baker is Reader in 20th-Century History at the University of Hull.
    Bogdan C. Iacob is Researcher at the 'Nicolae Iorga' Institute of History, Romanian Academy
    Anik贸 Imre is Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
    James Mark is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

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    Edited by Catherine Baker, Bogdan C. Iacob, Anik贸 Imre, James Mark

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