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Palgrave Macmillan

Anti-Communist Minorities in the U.S.

Political Activism of Ethnic Refugees

ISBN 9780230621596
Publication Date May 2009
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This volume takes a completely new look at two controversial topics: American anti-Communism and the Cold War. First, it reveals the little known history of anti-Communism in the US from the point of view of ethnic refugee/émigré groups, and also offers insight into the lives of minority groups that have hitherto not received scholarly attention, often due to their politically controversial position. The book consists of chapters dedicated to particular ethnic groups, as well as an introduction and conclusion. The discussed groups include Latvians, Ukrainians, Albanians, Bulgarians, Slovaks, Vietnamese, Hmong and Cubans, possibly also Hungarians or Romanians. The introduction provides the historical and sociological framework, and the conclusion undertakes a comparative analysis of ethnic anti-Communism and refugee politics.

Ieva Zake isAssistant Professor of Sociology at Rowan University.

Preface - Ieva Zake * Introduction: Anti-Communism and American Ethnic Groups - John Radzilowski * PART I: THE COLD WAR WARRIORS * The Polish American Congress, Polish Americans and the Politics of Anti-Communism - Donald Pienkos * Fighting Moscow from Afar: Ukrainian-Americans and the Evil Empire - Myron Kuropas * The American Armenians' Cold War: The Divided Response to Soviet Armenia - Benjamin F. Alexander * One Goal, Many Paths: Internal and External Struggles of the Hungarian Émigrés - Judith Fai-Podlipnik * The Highs and Lows of Czech and Slovak Émigré Activism - Prokop Tomek * Multiple Fronts of the Cold War: Ethnic Anti-Communism of Latvian Émigrés - Ieva Zake * Small, but Vociferous: Bulgarian Ethnic Anti-Communist Groups - Vasil Paraskevov  * "The Voice of the Silenced Peoples": the Assembly of Captive European Nations - Anna Mazurkiewicz * PART II: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES: FACING COMMUNISM AROUND THE WORLD * "Better Dead than Red": Anti-Communist Politics among Vietnamese Americans - C.N. Le * Hmong Anti-Communism at Home and Abroad - Chia Youyee Vang * Conflict and Cooperation: Cuban Exile Anti-Communism and the United States, 1960-2000 - Jessica Gibbs and Alex Goodall * Conclusion - Ieva Zake














Ieva Zake * John Radzilowski * Donald Pienkos* Myron Kuropas * Benjamin F. Alexander* Judith Fai-Podlipnik * Prokop Tomek * Vasil Paraskevov * "Anna Mazurkiewicz * C.N. Le * Chia Youyee Vang * Jessica Gibbs* Alex Goodall


"The scholars who have contributed to Zake's collection offer a unique look at a critical yet often overlooked dimension of ethnic life in the United States during the post-WWII period.Anti-communism has exerted an important influence on the politics within many ethnic communities and they in turn had an impact on postwar U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics often disproportionate to their numbers.Anti-Communist Minorities in the U.S. thus fills an important gap in the historiography." - John J. Bukowczyk, Professor of History, Wayne State University, and Editor, Journal of American Ethnic History"This book will provide a very useful addition to the literature on American anti-communism. It deals with groups and issues that have been neglected in the study of American immigration history and politics. And, it offers an opportunity to develop some comparative themes and analyses of the dynamics within different ethnic groups facing similar issues." - Harvey Klehr, Professor of Political Science, Emory University"That America is a nation of immigrants is a long-accepted truism, yet oddly scholars have largely neglected the contributions of immigrant-ethnic minorities to the development of American popular anticommunism and the politics of the Cold War era. Anti-Communist Minorities in the U.S makes a major and much needed contribution to historical literature by providing thoroughly researched essays on the activities of a wide array of immigrant-ethnic communities." - John Earl Haynes, Historian at the Library of Congress, Author of Red Scare of Red Menace? American Communism and Anticommunism in the Cold War Era and In Denial:Historians, Communism, and Espionage"With the Cold War in its various stages in the background, the exiles from communism created their own political diasporas dedicated to bringing down the oppressive regimes in their homelands. They haven't just joined American anti-communism - they co-created it and kept it alive for decades. This ambitious volume offers a comparative and interdisciplinary look at their experiences in the post World War II decades, reinvigorating a scholarly debate on Cold War, ethnic anti-communism, and a political mission of exiles as a special category of immigrants." - Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Professor of History, Eastern Connecticut State University"Zake offers us an excellent glimpse into the issue of political emigration, using the inspiring category of so-called ethnic anti-Communism. Cold War history mixed with analyses of the American multiethnic society let us observe not only the direct clash between the U.S. and the Soviet Union but also help us to understand the complexity of political exile as well as the underestimated impact of this phenomenon on contemporary history." - Slawomir Lukasiewicz, Historian at the Institute of National Remembrance, Lublin, Poland.
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