Edited by John Scott and Ann Nilsen
War and peace, civil rights and gender:a few reflections about my father
Why did C. Wright Mills decide to write and speak about issues of war, peace, and international relations? After publishing White Collar (1951), The Power Elite (1956), and The Sociological Imagination (1959), he could have chosen to coast for a while – to work on relatively easy projects – but that idea didn’t interest him. Instead he took on an issue even more difficult than the ones he had chosen before; he confronted the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the nuclear arms race, and the related international tensions after rebel forces in Cuba overthrew the regime of Fulgencio Batista and brought Fidel Castro to power in January 1959. Wright discussed his preoccupation with Cold War issues and some of the ways his travels outside the United States affected his thinking when he wrote the following to Tovarich, his imaginary counterpart in Russia, in a letter from Sarajevo in the winter of 1956–1957: The idea of writing to you came to me in the fall when I was here in Europe. Traveling in foreign countries, of course, turns you in upon yourself; you get away from your routines; and you begin to sort yourself out. At the same time, it makes you feel the need to tell the strangers around you what you are all about. You want to look at self and world together before the strangers.
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