Reimann, Aribert (2017). Local Brawls and Global Confrontation: transnational political violence among the exiled Left in Mexico City during 1943. Journal for Iberian and Latin American Research (23/1). pp. 1-17. Routledge. ISSN 2151-9668

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This article traces the local and global context of two incidents of political violence among the transnational community of left-wing political exiles in Mexico City during March and April 1943. On both occasions, violent clashes resulted from attempts to commemorate two Polish-Jewish socialists who had been convicted and executed in the Soviet Union as “fifth columnist spies”. A close reading of locations and chronological context relies on primary materials from Mexican, US-American, German, Austrian and Russian archives as well as the contemporary local press. The local logic of political practice (including violence) on the geographic and political periphery of world politics can be deciphered as an urban choreography of larger ideological conflicts among the Left and contributes to our understanding of the political meaning of the conflict as much as the overarching ideological debate that contributed to the global confrontation of the Cold War.

Item Type: Journal Article
Reimann, Aribertaribert.reimann@uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberGreinert, CordulaUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-83456
Journal or Publication Title: Journal for Iberian and Latin American Research
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 2151-9668
Number: 23/1
Subjects: Geography and history
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Political ViolenceUNSPECIFIED
Transnational HistoryUNSPECIFIED
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 6: Geschichte
Language: English
Date: 2 May 2017
Funders: European Research Council
Projects: Left-wing Exile in Mexico, 1934-1960
Refereed: Yes
Page Range: pp. 1-17


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