A Violent Peace (eBook)
Race, U.S. Militarism, And Cultures Of Democratization In Cold War Asia And The Pacific
de Christine Hong
Sobre o livro
A Violent Peace offers a radical cultural account of the midcentury transformation of the United States into a total-war state. As the Cold War turned hot in the Pacific, antifascist critique disclosed a continuity between U.S. police actions in Asia and a rising police state at home. Writers including James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and W.E.B. Du Bois discerned in U.S. domestic strategies to quell racial protests and urban riots the same logic of racial counterintelligence structuring America's devastating hot wars in Asia.
Christine Hong examines the centrality of U.S. militarism to the Cold War cultural imagination. She assembles a transpacific archiveincluding war writings, Japanese accounts of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, black radical human rights petitions, Korean Warera G.I. photographs, Filipino novels on guerrilla resistance, and Marshallese critiques of U.S. human radiation experimentsand places these materials alongside U.S. government documents to theorize these works as homologous responses to unchecked U.S. war and police power. In so doing, Hong shows how the so-calledPax Americana laid the grounds for solidarityfor imagining collective futures of total liberation.