The Cold War and the color line : American race relations in the global arena

Borstelmann, Thomas

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  • Creator Thomas Borstelmann
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
  • Physical Details
    • xi, 369 p. ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780674012387, 0674012380, 067400597X, 9780674005976
  • OCLC ocm46936313


  • The Cold War and the Color Line is the first comprehensive examination of how the Cold War intersected with the final destruction of global white supremacy. Thomas Borstelmann pays close attention to the two Souths--Southern Africa and the American South--as the primary sites of white authority's last stand. He reveals America's efforts to contain the racial polarization that threatened to unravel the anticommunist western alliance. In so doing, he recasts the history of American race relations in its true international context, one that is meaningful and relevant for our own era of globalization.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Race and foreign relations before 1945 -- Jim Crow's coming out -- The last hurrah of the old color line -- Revolutions in the American South and southern Africa -- The perilous path in equality -- The end of the Cold War and white supremacy
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