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The Underside of Politics: Global Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War

Sorin Radu Cucu


This book argues that, during the Cold War, modern political imagination was held captive by the split between two visions of universality — freedom in the West versus social justice in the East — and by a culture of secrecy that tied national identity to national security. Examining post-1945 American and Eastern European interpretive novels in dialogue with each other and with post-foundational democratic theory, the book brings to light the ideas, forces, and circumstances that shattered modernity's promises (such as secularization, autonomy, and rights) on both sides of the Iron Curtain. I ... More

Keywords: Cold War, political imagination, universality, freedom, social justice, national security, Iron Curtain, Stalin, anticommunist propaganda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254347
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sorin Radu Cucu, author
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY