Tanya Harmer, “Afterword: Remapping the Past”

As a conclusion to Transnational Communism across the Americas, the renowned historian Tanya Harmer offers a penetrating analysis of the main themes that run throughout the chapters in this book and situates them in a broader historiographic context. Approaching the history of communist movements from a transnational perspective opens up new frameworks that challenge our traditional understandings of colonialism, imperialism, and patriarchy, and how they relate to what constructions like the “Global South” mean. More broadly, the chapters in this volume alter how we think about topics like communism and the Cold War.

Keywords: Communist International (Comintern); Communism; Cold War; Global South; colonialism; imperialism: historiography