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  • About the Series  vii
    Acknowledgments  ix
    Abbreviations  xi
    Introduction  1
    1. Dissident Guests  17
    2. Third-Worldism and Collaboration  51
    3. The Rupture of Vietnam  78
    4. The Missing Bodies of June 2  101
    5. Corpse Polemics  135
    6. The Cultural Revolution in West Germany  170
    Conclusion  200
    Notes  209
    Works Cited  265
    Index  287
  • “[T]his is an excellent addition to the ever-expanding canon of 1960s studies. Slobodian breathes life into the relationship between West German and Third World students as it existed not in the imagination, but on the ground. . . . He is able to recover Third World students, who have been written out of West German national history, and demonstrate the central role that they played in challenging the West German state.”—Zachary Scarlett, H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews

    "Slobodian’s work takes up an important desideratum of the transnational research on ‘1968.’ Through vivid examples and concise and coherent analysis, he proves the decisive role of migrants from the ‘Third World’ in the mobilization of the student movement. …Overall, Foreign Front makes clear that the development of student internationalism around West Germany’s ‘1968’ must be placed more strongly in a transnational context than it has been until now."—Dorothee Weitbrecht, H-Soz-u-Kult, H-Net Reviews (translated from the German)

    “Slobodian’s book is a welcome corrective to the traditional narratives of the West German student movement and West German history writ large, as well as a fascinating example of the importance of international events, ideologies, and texts, to national histories.”—Julia Sittmann, H-Soz-u-Kult, H-Net Reviews

    “Slobodian’s original and path-breaking monograph is solidly based upon
    comprehensive and painstaking research in primary and secondary sources. . . . Anyone who wishes to understand 1960s student radicalism in West Germany from the inside out as well as within a worldwide historical context would be well advised to read Foreign Front.”—Bruce Garver, International Dialogue

    Foreign Front is an important contribution to our understanding of the place
    that the Third World occupied in the imagination of the West German student movement. In particular, Slobodian provides an excellent account of the role that students from Africa, Asia and Latin America played in the West German New Left in the 1960s as he discusses the complex relationship between intellectuals in the West and revolutionaries in the Third World.”—Hans Kundnani, Times Literary Supplement

    “To this body of scholarship [on the ‘Third World Politics’ of 1968 in Germany] Quinn Slobodian now adds an important contribution.”—Detlef Siegfried, American Historical Review

    “This impressive and timely microhistory…is a work of significant scholarship that moves a powerful and necessary discourse forward.”—Dominic Martin, Social Anthropology

    “Quinn Slobodian’s Foreign Front is a welcome addition to recent research into the relationship between the 1960s West German student movement and its relationship to developing countries.” —Holger Briel, Journal of Contemporary European Studies

    Reviews

  • “[T]his is an excellent addition to the ever-expanding canon of 1960s studies. Slobodian breathes life into the relationship between West German and Third World students as it existed not in the imagination, but on the ground. . . . He is able to recover Third World students, who have been written out of West German national history, and demonstrate the central role that they played in challenging the West German state.”—Zachary Scarlett, H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews

    "Slobodian’s work takes up an important desideratum of the transnational research on ‘1968.’ Through vivid examples and concise and coherent analysis, he proves the decisive role of migrants from the ‘Third World’ in the mobilization of the student movement. …Overall, Foreign Front makes clear that the development of student internationalism around West Germany’s ‘1968’ must be placed more strongly in a transnational context than it has been until now."—Dorothee Weitbrecht, H-Soz-u-Kult, H-Net Reviews (translated from the German)

    “Slobodian’s book is a welcome corrective to the traditional narratives of the West German student movement and West German history writ large, as well as a fascinating example of the importance of international events, ideologies, and texts, to national histories.”—Julia Sittmann, H-Soz-u-Kult, H-Net Reviews

    “Slobodian’s original and path-breaking monograph is solidly based upon
    comprehensive and painstaking research in primary and secondary sources. . . . Anyone who wishes to understand 1960s student radicalism in West Germany from the inside out as well as within a worldwide historical context would be well advised to read Foreign Front.”—Bruce Garver, International Dialogue

    Foreign Front is an important contribution to our understanding of the place
    that the Third World occupied in the imagination of the West German student movement. In particular, Slobodian provides an excellent account of the role that students from Africa, Asia and Latin America played in the West German New Left in the 1960s as he discusses the complex relationship between intellectuals in the West and revolutionaries in the Third World.”—Hans Kundnani, Times Literary Supplement

    “To this body of scholarship [on the ‘Third World Politics’ of 1968 in Germany] Quinn Slobodian now adds an important contribution.”—Detlef Siegfried, American Historical Review

    “This impressive and timely microhistory…is a work of significant scholarship that moves a powerful and necessary discourse forward.”—Dominic Martin, Social Anthropology

    “Quinn Slobodian’s Foreign Front is a welcome addition to recent research into the relationship between the 1960s West German student movement and its relationship to developing countries.” —Holger Briel, Journal of Contemporary European Studies

  • "The topic is fascinating; the core thesis is provocative; the research is stellar; and the writing is wonderful. This is a bold, exciting book that will get a lot of attention."—Jeremy Varon, author of Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies

    "This carefully researched and well written book convincingly brings the foreign students and international influence back into the story of the 1960s in Germany."—Peter C. Caldwell, author of Love, Death, and Revolution in Central Europe

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  • Description

    It is often asserted that West German New Leftists "discovered the Third World" in the pivotal decade of the 1960s. Quinn Slobodian upsets that storyline by beginning with individuals from the Third World themselves: students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America who arrived on West German campuses in large numbers in the early 1960s. They were the first to mobilize German youth in protest against acts of state violence and injustice perpetrated beyond Europe and North America. The activism of the foreign students served as a model for West German students, catalyzing social movements and influencing modes of opposition to the Vietnam War. In turn, the West Germans offered the international students solidarity and safe spaces for their dissident engagements. This collaboration helped the West German students to develop a more nuanced, empathetic understanding of the Third World, not just as a site of suffering, poverty, and violence, but also as the home of politicized individuals with the capacity and will to speak in their own names.

    About The Author(s)

    Quinn Slobodian is Assistant Professor of History at Wellesley College.
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