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European Solidarity with Chile – 1970s – 1980s


Edited By Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris and Magaly Rodríguez García

The overthrow of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende and the coming to power of a military regime led by Augusto Pinochet on 11 September 1973 drew worldwide attention towards Chile. The political repression shook the world and ignited one of the largest social movements of the 1970s and 80s. Hundreds of solidarity committees and a gamut of human rights and justice organizations mobilized thousands of people. This volume offers a compelling insight into the exceptional impact that the Chilean crisis made in Western and Eastern Europe. In doing so, it provides a new and broader perspective into the history of the Cold War, transnational activism, and human rights.
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Kim Christiaens is a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), working in the research unit of Modernity & Society 1800- 2000 at KU Leuven. His research and publications focus on transnational histories of Cold War Europe, solidarity movements with the Third World and Southern and Eastern Europe, postwar human rights history, and public diplomacy. He is also a member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. He has recently published articles on the emergence of various transnational solidarity movements during the Cold War, including those for Cuba, Vietnam, Chile, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Poland.

Georg Dufner obtained his PhD in contemporary history at the Freie Universität Berlin, after studying in Chile and Germany. He now works as a freelance historian and journalist in Berlin.

Jan Eckel is assistant professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has concluded a book on the history of international human rights politics since 1940 (forthcoming) and has also edited, together with Samuel Moyn, The Breakthrough: Human Rights in the 1970s (Penn University Press, 2013).

Idesbald Goddeeris is associate professor of history at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). His research focuses on migration history, Cold War history, contacts between West and East, and postcolonial attitudes. His recent publications include the edited volume Solidarity with Solidarity: Western European Trade Unions and the Polish crisis, 1980-1982 (Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series, 2010, paperback 2013).

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