Fri, February 29, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
The dissolution of the British Empire and its European counterparts coincided with the main events of the Cold War. Yet the relationship between the superpower conflict and the independence of the Third World should not be taken for granted. Fundamental questions of modernity, identity, and nationhood-questions that defined decolonization and are associated with the Cold War-in fact long predated it. The Cold War would superimpose a strategic and ideological struggle onto the Third World's battJason Parker is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas AandM University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He is the author of Brother's Keeper: The United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962, forthcoming, Oxford University Press, as well as articles in the Journal of African American History, and the International History Review. He is currently at work on a history of the United States and the Cold War in the Third World, and on a comparative study of postwar Third World federations.