Between Scylla and Charybdis

December 9, 2016

USW historian Norry LaPorte has recently published ‘Between Scylla and Charybdis: END and its Attempt to Overcome the Bipolar World Order in the 1980s’ in the Australian journal Labour History (issue 111, 2016).

“European Nuclear Disarmament [END]”, says LaPorte, “had a vision of a humanistic socialism from below that would be capable of breaking up the Cold War and act as a possible “third way” between the liberal capitalism of the USA and the orthodox Communism of the Soviet Union. However, it proved difficult to build alliances across the Cold War divide without talking, at the same time, to representatives of the “official” peace movements of the Communist states. END found itself between the Scylla of having no dialogue at all with Eastern Europe or having a dialogue also with the Communist regimes which was seen sceptically by the dissidents.”

'Between Scylla and Charybdis’ is co-authored with Stefan Berger of Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany.

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