1. This book offers a reconsideration of the place of Eastern Europe in global history. It presents encounters between Eastern Europe and the decolonizing world as important forms of globalization in the postwar world.
2. The collection offers new insights into the cultural cold war and on the "Second-Third World" interactions which moves beyond a focus on the Soviet Union. It gives context to current politics and events, from Russia's anti-Western alliances often built on Cold War Soviet roots, to China's development of relations with the "Second World" in a bid to set future agendas, to East-Central Europe's "Europeanization" by feeding their traditions and experiences into European global engagements.
3. Primary editor James Mark is a very connected scholar and is currently involved in two funded projects considering Global Socialism.