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National internationalists: British and West German protests against nuclear weapons, the politics of transnational communications and the social history of the cold war, 1957-1964

Citation
Nehring H (2005) National internationalists: British and West German protests against nuclear weapons, the politics of transnational communications and the social history of the cold war, 1957-1964. Contemporary European History, 14 (4), pp. 559-582. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960777305002766

Abstract
This article examines the politics of communication between British and West German protesters against nuclear weapons in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The interpretation suggested here historicises the assumptions of ’transnational history’ and shows the nationalist and internationalist dimensions of the protest movements’ histories to be inextricably connected. Both movements related their own aims to global and international problems. Yet they continued to observe the world from their individual perspectives: national, regional and local forms thus remained important. By illuminating the interaction between political traditions, social developments and international relations in shaping important political movements within two European societies, this article can provide one element of a new connective social history of the cold war.

Journal
Contemporary European History: Volume 14, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Nehring, Holger
Publication date30/11/2005
Publication date online15/11/2005
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28192
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0960-7773
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