Article

'Red' nations: Marxists and the Native American sovereignty movement of the late Cold War

Citation

Tóth G (2020) 'Red' nations: Marxists and the Native American sovereignty movement of the late Cold War. Cold War History, 20 (2), pp. 197-221. https://doi.org/10.1080/14682745.2019.1645126

Abstract
This article constructs a history of the mutual personal engagement of Native American sovereignty activists and Marxist entities in the 1970s and 1980s. Native American diplomacy attempted to reconfigure the geography of American Indian sovereignty into a fully independent Native America in alliance with revolutionary Marxism and its ‘red’ nations around the globe. Marxist-Native solidarity in Europe was enabled by older continental European fantasies about Indians, and sanctioned by some Eastern Bloc governments. Indian-Marxist alliances could not be sustained because of the difficulties of reconciling US patriotic anti-Communism, the Marxist revolutionary project, and the indigenous rights struggle.

Keywords
Political Science and International Relations; History; Native Americans; Marxists; Cold War; sovereignty; solidarity; diplomacy

Journal
Cold War History: Volume 20, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online31/08/2019
Date accepted by journal16/07/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30100
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN1468-2745
eISSN1743-7962