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Cold War Cities
The Politics of Space in Europe and Asia during the 1950s

Edited By

Tze-ki Hon

ISBN 9780367179823
Published August 27, 2021 by Routledge
184 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is a dynamic study of the range of experiences of the Cold War in Europe, East Asia and Southeast Asia in the 20th century.

Comprised of ten chapters from a diverse team of scholars from Europe, East Asia, and North America, this edited volume furthers the study of the Cold War in two ways. First, it underscores the global scope of the Cold War. Beginning from Europe and extending to East and Southeast Asia, it focuses attention on the overlapping local, national, regional, and international rivalries that ultimately divided the world into two opposing camps. Second, it shows that the Cold War had different impacts in different places. Although not all continents are included, this volume demonstrates that the bipolar system was not monolithic and uniform. By comparing experiences in various cities, this book critically examines the ways in which the bipolar system was circumvented or transformed – particularly in places where the line between the Free World and the Communist World was unclear.

Cold War Cities will appeal to students and scholars of history and Cold War studies, cultural geography and material cultures, as well as East and Southeast Asian studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Cityscape as a Signifying System

  1. "Space, Sexuality, and Social Rebuilding in Post-WWII Berlin"
  2. Jennifer Evans

  3. "Modern Architecture as Ideological Representations: East Berlin, West Berlin, and Hong Kong"
  4. Liza Wing Man Kam

  5. "Paris Broken, but Paris Liberated"? The State, City Administration and the Reconstruction of Post-War Paris, 1944-1977"
  6. Stephen W. Sawyer

  7. "Protesting in Paris: Public Space and the Politics of Urban Appropriation, 1994-1990"
  8. Alain Chatriot

    Part 2: Cityscape as a Site of Multiple Memories

  9. "Beyond Spatial Liminality: "Chinese" Student Returnees in 1950s’ Guangzhou"
  10. Els van Dongen

  11. "The Question of People: Cultural Cold War in 1950s’ Hong Kong"
  12. Tze-ki Hon and Hok-yin Chan

  13. "Honoring Revolutionary Heroes: The Political Uses of Martyr's Shrines in Taiwan"
  14. Vladimir Stolojan-filipesco

    Part 3: Cityscape as a Frontline of Physical and Mental Warfare

  15. "Cities and fears of biological warfare during the early Cold War"
  16. Albert Wu

  17. "Class, Gender, and the Charismatic Female Subject: Hong Kong Cinema during the Cold War Era"
  18. Vivian Lee

  19. "‘Let Raffles Stand Where He Stands Today’: A Symbol of the Colonial in Singapore During the Cold War"

          Ying-kit Chan

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Tze-ki Hon is Professor at Research Centre for History and Culture, Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai, China, and BNU-HKBU United International College. Previously, he taught at City University of Hong Kong, State University of New York at Geneseo, and Hanover College, Indiana. He wrote three books: The Yijing and Chinese Politics, The Allure of the Nation, and Revolution as Restoration. He co-edited four volumes: The Politics of Historical Production in Late Qing and Republican China, Beyond the May 4th Paradigm, The Decade of the Great War, and Confucianism for the Contemporary World. And he co-authored Teaching the I Ching (Book of Changes) with Geoffrey Redmond.