Making a “second Vietnam”: The congolese revolution and its global connections in the 1960s

Pedro Monaville

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An immersion into postcolonial Congo’s revolutionary imagination, this chapter advocates against a division of labor between Third World bodies and First World minds in histories of the 1960s. Even some scholars who have underlined African, Asian, and Latin American contributions to the decade’s political creativity have been captive of that division.1 However, much is lost when historians limit the relevance of Congolese insurgents, Cuban barbudos, or Chinese Red Guards to their impact on the political outlook of students in Paris, Berkeley, or Berlin. Our accounts of the 1960s should not repeat an engagement with Third World histories that privileges the symbolic over the empirical.2 In the following pages, I develop a narrative of the Congolese revolution that seeks to account for a Congolese understanding of global connections in the 1960s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties
Subtitle of host publicationBetween Protest and Nation-Building
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351366113
ISBN (Print)9781138557321
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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