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

Off white
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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.


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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 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.

    Off white

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

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