- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-7220-4
- Pages: 376
- Price: £95.00
- Published Date: May 2024
- Series: Racism, Resistance and Social Change
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.
Notes on contributors
List of figures
Introduction: racial disavowals: historicising whiteness in Central and Eastern Europe - James Mark, Anikó 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 Racial contract - 'whiteness contract' and Central Europe - Bolaji Balogun
3 Not quite white: Russians as Turanians in nineteenth-century Polish thought - Maciej Górny
4 Racial thinking amongst Czech anthropologists: the case of Vojtech Suk - Victoria Shmidt
5 Hungarian Indians: race and colonialism in Hungarian 'Indian play' - Zoltán 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 Re-tailored for a Soviet spectator: racial difference and whiteness in the films of the 1930s-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 - Anikó 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 Institute of History, Romanian Academy.
Anikó Imre is Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
James Mark is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.