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Off White: Central and Eastern Europe and the Global History of Race


Bogdan C Iacob

Anikó Imre

James Mark


This volume foregrounds racial difference as a key to an alternative history of the Central and Eastern European region, which revolves around the role of whiteness as the unacknowledged foundation of semi-peripheral nation-states and national identities, and of the region's current status as a global stronghold of unapologetic white, Christian nationalisms. Contributions address the pivotal role of whiteness in international diplomacy, geographical exploration, media cultures, music, intellectual discourses, academic theories, everyday language and banal nationalism's many avenues of expressions. The book offers new paradigms for understanding the relationships among racial capitalism, populism, economic peripherality and race.


Baker, C., Iacob, B. C., Imre, A., & Mark, J. (Eds.). (2024). Off White: Central and Eastern Europe and the Global History of Race. Manchester University Press.

Book Type Edited Book
Online Publication Date May 28, 2024
Publication Date May 28, 2024
Deposit Date Aug 9, 2023
Publisher Manchester University Press
Series Title Racism, Resistance and Social Change
ISBN 9781526172204
Keywords Central Europe; coloniality; Eastern Europe; race; whiteness; Southeast Europe; anti-Semitism; nationalism; imperialism; racial capitalism
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Contract Date Aug 9, 2023