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News from the Network: Africa and East Germany during the Cold War

With Eric Burton, Anne Dietrich, and Immanuel R. Harisch, Marcia Schenck has published an edited volume titled Navigating Socialist Encounters: Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War (De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2021). This is the second volume in the Africa in Global History series.

This edited volume firmly places African history into global history by highlighting connections between African and East German actors and institutions during the Cold War. With a special focus on negotiations and African influences on East Germany (and vice versa), the volume sheds light on personal and institutional agency, cultural cross-fertilization, migration, development, and solidarity.

The book is open access. Open Access

Featured image: “East German adolescent boy in front of a group of Mozambican children in Maputo.” Source: Katrin Bahr, “Between State Mission and Everyday Life: Private Photographs of East Germans in Mozambique in the 1980s,” in Navigating Socialist Encounters, 343.

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