Abstract

Abstract:

The 1955 intergovernmental Conference of Asian-African Countries at Bandung is widely regarded as the beginning of the Afro-Asian movement. It is less well known that eleven days prior to the Bandung Conference, a conference was convened in New Delhi that should be considered its unofficial counterpart. In contrast to Bandung, which was closed to the public, large crowds attended the Delhi conference. Officially known as the Conference of Asian Countries for the Relaxation of International Tension, the conference was also instrumental in the formation of the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization (AAPSO), several founders of which had co-organized Delhi. In contrast to the "official" Bandung, this movement sought bottom-up, mass-based support for decolonization and nuclear disarmament through popular manifestations of international solidarity. This article therefore attempts to widen the "Bandung Moment" by focusing not on interstate diplomacy but on more popular, as well as more populous, expressions of the "Bandung Spirit."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8050
Print ISSN
1045-6007
Pages
pp. 125-156
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-09
Open Access
No
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