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East Germany and Italy were both peculiar cases in the Cold War. Similarly affected by structural frailties – weak economies, controversial relations with their respective allies, and mounting social unrest – they had limited leeway in international relations. Laura Fasanaro reflects on the history, politics, and geographic positions of both countries during the Cold War.

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The rivalry of the systems following 1945 brought about a political fragmentation in a small area in Southeastern Europe that was second to none. The consideration of the region as a "focal point of the Cold War" is therefore almost inevitable, in order to discuss interactions between global power constellations and local characteristics and continuities.
Janis Nalbadidacis and Matthias Thaden on a workshop at the HU Berlin.

Consisting of a command site (Oscar-Zero) and a launcher site (November-33), the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site (RRMSHS) preserves the mission of the 321st Strategic Missile Wi

Established in April 2016, the Black Sea Institute (BSI) is an independent research center dedicated to the analysis of European, Russian and Chinese affairs in the Black Sea region.

This year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock dial forward to two minutes to midnight. The symbolic gesture shows that the threat of nuclear war still looms, long after the end of the Cold War. In this article, Sarah Robey, Silvia Berger Ziauddin and Peter Bennesved consider the new age of nuclear fear, emphasize a need to push the boundaries of Cold War civil defense studies and outline the scope of the newly established Transnational Civil Defense Working Group.

In the case of an escalation of the East-West conflict, all sectors of East German society were expected to meet the wartime needs of the National People's Army - the NVA – and fully support the operations of the country's forces and those of its allies. Already during peacetime, large parts of the GDR population had therefore been integrated into sweeping mobilization preparations. By Johannes Mühle.

It's the economy, stupid! Or: Does learning from China mean learning to win? How did the Communist states respond to economic and social challenges from the 1970s onward?

Established in 1928, the Czechoslovak port in Hamburg quickly became an important foreign trade hub for the landlocked Central European state. The port retained this importance after 1945, but this time as a Socialist outpost, 60 kilometers outside the Iron Curtain. Operating at full capacity and with open borders, this daily confrontation of political systems resulted in a unique microcosm. Sarah Lemmen presents her cultural historical research project.

In Interrogation Nation: Refugees and Spies in Cold War Germany, historian Keith R. Allen analyzes the "overlooked story of refugee screening in West Germany" (p. xv). Building upon his previous German-language study focused on such screening at Marienfelde in West Berlin, Allen examines the places, personalities, and practices of refugee screening by the three Western Powers and the Federal Republic. Review by Douglas Selvage.

 
Asia from the View of the Cold War
 

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A new volume, edited by Amit R. Das Gupta and Lorenz Lüthi, provides fresh insights into the brief 1962 border war that left India with lasting trauma. Eleven authors and twelve chapters survey the background, policies, and errors surrounding the event, using both new and existing archival materials. Among the novelties: Amit Das Gupta on India's policy, Dai Chaowu on China's policy, and Payal Banerjee on the little known wartime plight of India’s Chinese citizens. A review by Jyotirmoy Banerjee.

The death of Helmut Kohl on 16 June 2017 awakened nostalgic reactions on social media, including the circulation of news clips about the historic meeting between Kohl and Erich Honecker in Bonn in 1987. Among those clips was a piece of television coverage by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). By Laura Ellen Saarenmaa.

For contemporaries, the events of December 1987 were little short of a miracle.

After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the American intervention in the Dominican Republic in 1965 emerged as a volatile issue in the rivalry between the superpowers. The Soviet Union put considerable pressure on India – in its role as an important player in the non-aligned movement – to take sides. Binay Prasad discusses how India handled the situation, balancing its own interests with those of the non-aligned movement.

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circle of p

Since 1950, the relationship between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been described by Chinese official media as an "unbreakable friendship" that was "always stable." Recent studies on their bilateral relations, however, tell quite a different story. The Sino-North Korean relationship not only repeatedly fell on hard times during the Cold War, the "traditional friendship" actually never really existed. By Tao Chen.

This lecture series explores the many attempts at moderating and containing the global Cold War.

From air and water pollution to waste removal and forest dieback, the list of joint environmental issues between East and West Germany was anything but short. Thirty years ago, the two states reached an agreement to limit the effects of cross-border pollution. A study by Sophie Lange.

The aim of this blog is to present the history and academic results of one of China’s leading institutions in the field of international history and Cold War studies. The "Center for Cold War International History Studies" at East China Normal University stands for the enormous work that has been done in the past sixteen years to position China’s Cold War studies right at the center of international historiography. Academic results produced by this Center have already become a point of reference for any scholar doing research on China’s foreign policy and the global Cold War. By Jovan Čavoški.

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circle of p

The two Germanies' respective South Asia policies relied on and referenced one another to such an extent that they on occasion punctured the bipolarity of the Cold War. In so doing the GDR and the FRG decidedly pursued their own interests, which often differed substantially from those of the superpowers on either side of the Iron Curtain. By Alexander Benatar.

The history of Sino-Soviet borders is inextricably linked to the history of Sino-Soviet relations, domestic politics in both countries and strategic considerations in Moscow and Beijing. Therefore, the Sino-Soviet negotiations present an important case study for conflict moderation and for the way in which both sides managed to prevent war, conducted negotiations and maintained peace despite profound ideological, political and strategic differences. By Alsu Tagirova.

Despite rising tensions between the superpowers during the early 1980s, both German states remained largely committed to the de-escalation process, even occasionally defying their respective hegemonic powers to pursue it. Precisely because the international climate had grown harsher, relations between East- and West German political analysts progressed both in quality and quantity in the following years. Sabine Loewe-Hannatzsch investigates.

In the second decade of the 21st century China has emerged as the most vibrant center of Cold War studies in the world. From the international perspective, more and more scholars in the West are becoming interested in researching China’s Cold War experiences. From the domestic perspective, China now has the largest cohort of Cold War scholars in the world. Chinese perspectives on the Cold War are now even being incorporated into mainstream international scholarship and debated amongst non-Chinese scholars. By Yafeng Xia.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum is one charity with two sites open to the public at Hendon in North London and Cosford in Shropshire. The site at Cosford opened as a museum in 1979.

My postdoctoral project "The Interpreters of Europe and the Cold War" compares significant national and cultural self-representations in postwar Europe with a focus on historiography and literary studies. The conclusions of French, German, and Polish scholars regarding their contemporary era often did not conform to the systemic rivalry's East-West logic. Academic interpretation and political categories obviously diverged.

By Barbara Picht

By Barbara Picht

The Cold War as a global geopolitical order after World War II had a profound impact on the comparatively small area of South East Europe.

The Department of Social Sciences at the Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology (NIET) (Namangan Muhandislik Texnologiya Instituti) in Uzbekistan teaches historical, social sciences, and

The Norwegian National Aviation Museum is Norway's main museum for the history of aviation.

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen are presenting the new edited volume by Oliver Bange and Poul Villaume.

Ever since the Balkan wars of the mid-1990s and especially against the backdrop of international terrorism, the pros and cons of military intervention has become one of the great contentious issues

The Cold War Portal on the website of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies is a virtual platform that introduces institutions that deal with the Cold War on an interactive map.  The 100th entry is on the Museum Konsperi Asia-Afrika. By Sophie Lange.

East Berlin probably wanted to torment the Bonn government, yet again. But there were also practical reasons against switching to daylight savings time – for example, too many East Germans used the longer evenings for countryside excursions with their cars. By Ilse-Dorothee Pautsch

The command bunker of Odense, Denmark, was intended to offer shelter in case of a – most likely nuclear – World War III.

The Grenzhus Schlagsdorf presents the history of the Inner-German border between the Baltic Sea and the river Elbe.

The Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum is situated in the heart of Europe, beneath the Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary.

The European Solidarity Centre (ESC) is a museum devoted to the history of the Solidarność movement in Poland during the 1980s.

Langelandsfort was built in 1952-53 as part of the Danish naval defense and in 1997 it was turned into a Cold war museum as part of the Langelands Museums.

The main theme at the Degerby Igor Museum is the lease period of 1944-1956 in which the Soviet Union leased the region of Porkkala, a 1000 m² area in the west of Helsinki.

Bentwaters Cold War Museum is based in the United States Air Force (USAF) hardened command post on the former Bentwaters airbase which closed after the withdrawal of the USAF in 1993, and is believ

The 28 Group Observed is a registered Scottish Charity who looks after the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Caledonian Sector bunker at Craigiebarns, Dundee, United Kingdom.

International Exploratory Workshop

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Silvia Berger Ziauddin (University of Zurich, CH), Sarah Robey (Temple University, USA), Peter Bennesved (Umeå University, Sweden)

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a Smithsonian affiliated, nationally accredited museum, and it is the only congressionally chartered museum in its field.

Not far from the famous Museum Island, the Museum THE KENNEDYS presents one of the most extensive collections about the family history of the Kennedys.

As part of the 51st German Historikertag (the biannual meeting of the German Association of Historians which took place in September 2016 in Hamburg), Sibylle Marti (University of Zurich), Frank Reichherzer (Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr, Potsdam), Malte Rolf (University of Bamberg), and Elke Seefried (Institute of Contemporary History Munich - Berlin / University of Augsburg), discussed the limits of the Cold War, and thereby elucidated the research agenda driving/of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies – "Compromising the Cold War." A report by Elke Seefried (in German).

 

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The Museum Konperensi Asia-Afrika (KAA), based in Bandung, Indonesia, represents the historical values of the Asian-African Conference of 1955.

Donald Trump’s election saw the renewal of Cold War rhetoric, not least in discussions of his sanity – or lack thereof. In describing Trump’s methods as madness, opponents returned to a strategy inspired by 1950s politics. By Alexander Dunst.

 

Across more than 3,000 square meters of exhibition space, the German Spy Museum gives a unique insight into the world of international espionage where once the Berlin Wall split the City.

Cultural historians aim to reinvigorate Cold War historiography through the original rubric of the city, addressing amnesia and memorialisation, the ruin and monument, conflict and retribution, commemoration and public identity, trauma and reconciliation. By Katia Pizzi.

In the mid-1980s they achieved the seemingly impossible. With their summit diplomacy, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev blazed a trail for the political imagination, revealing how a world beyond containment, distrust and suspicion might look – only a few years after East-West relations appeared to have suddenly gone to the dogs again. Bernd Greiner on the book of Kristina Spohr and Ravid Reynolds.

After a bloody war between India and Pakistan, Bangladesh emerged as new state from East Pakistan in 1971.

The Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces (ZMSBw) is a research institute of the Federal German Government.

Please join for a special discussion with the author Stephan Kieninger and commentator Ambassador James E. Goodby.

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a family of five museums: IWM London;

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a family of five museums: IWM London;

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a family of five museums: IWM London;

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester;

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manche

Cold War research has long focused on the bipolar order of East-West relations. Without calling these findings into question, we can and should however ask whether and how the bipolar pattern of order was undermined, bypassed or even dissolved during the same time. By Claudia Kemper.

The Cold War Studies Project (CWSP) maintains LSE IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research the Cold War. We focus on:

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of ‘tandem history’ (Kate Brown) as a transnational approach in new research on the final decade of the Cold War.

Resolving the German question after 1945 has often been considered in terms of domestic politics – a story written around the Berlin Wall in 1961, Brandt’s Ostpolitik, and the Wende in 1989.

The Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung and the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies are honored to present Kristina Spohr's and David Reynolds' new anthology: "

Call for proposals: Postdoc Research Fellowships

Lessons and Legacies of Conflict Moderation: Insights from the Cold War

The Aleksanteri Institute functions as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities.

The long term IAEA History Research Project examines the founding history of the International Atomic Energy Agency – and thus also the history of an organization which in many respects defied the Cold War logic of the bloc confrontation. By Elisabeth Röhrlich.

The massive underground structure, the Atomic War Command – ARK, was built during the Cold War period (1953-1979) to shelter Yugoslavia's leadership cadre, headed by President Josip Broz Tito.

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The economic enshrining of de-escalation in Europe established the framework for the subsequent summit diplomacy of Reagan and Gorbachev and contributed immensely to the demise of the Communist system. By Stephan Kieninger.

The Prussian Palaces and Gardens along the river Havel were for 28 years a border region between the two German states. The exhibition "Gardeners don't fight wars: Prussia's Arcadia behind barbed wire" is open through 13 November 2016 in the Sacrow manor house. By Bettina Greiner.

 

During the 1970s and 80s, the burgeoning field of cybersecurity increasingly became an issue for national security, concerning intelligence services, the Pentagon and the White House. In a new project, the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, DC, makes previously classified documents available to researchers and the interested public. A survey by Klaas Voss.

The end of the Cold War and the increasing availability of new archival materials from Russia, Eastern Europe, and China has inspired new work on the Sino-Soviet alliance and split, understood by m

The Political Archive is the memory of the German Foreign Service.

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) has a long tradition of research and public service in the area of international relations in Brazil.

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes was established in 2008, based on Act 141/2007 of the Czech Republic.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Dr. phil. Frank Reichherzer, Research Fellow at the Center for Military History and the Social Sciences of the German Army (ZMSBw) − Potsdam, Germany. (In German).

On 2 September 2016, the IAEA History Research Project will host an expert workshop on the history of the IAEA during the global Cold War, in cooperation with the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

The lecture series' title "Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War" refers not only to borders on the political map, but also to the limits of social perceptions of order and pattern

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The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History is a category two federal scientific institution (ISF/FWI), as well as a state service with separate management (SEGS/SAB).

Today, the former central prison of the East German secret police – the Stasi – is a memorial.

The Cold War was the defining ideological, cultural, economic and geopolitical struggle of the second half of the twentieth century.

In the 1960s the distinguished historian Sir Michael Howard had a vision for a new kind of history of war.

Our interdisciplinary network aims to provide a forum for scholars working on diverse aspects of the Cold War.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Lic. phil. Sibylle Marti, PhD Research Fellow at the University of Hagen – Hagen, Germany. (In German).

The Institute for Contemporary History (Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR - USD) is one of the research establishments of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The Center for Cold War International History Studies at East China Normal University (ECNU) was founded in 2001.

The core mission of the George Washington Cold War Group (GWCW) is to promote innovative research and teaching about the Cold War.

By the mid 1960s, both the American and the West German governments were eager to foster liberalizing changes in Eastern Europe through an expansion of East-West communication. The assumption was that Communist rulers were prepared to open up their systems gradually for freer movement of people, information and ideas provided that they were granted international security.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Hermann Wentker, Director of Research at the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (Berlin, Germany). (In German)

The History Department at the Bar-Ilan University offers history courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Tsuchiya Yuka, Professor of International Studies at Ehime University (Ehime, Japan).

Jan Hansen’s intention is "to ‘historicize’ the debate over rearmament and previous research on it." He endeavors to achieve this by taking an "alien perspective." Both are done with great success, as Karsten D. Voigt emphasized on the occasion of a book presentation hosted by the Willy-Brandt-Foundation on June, 2nd.

The tone of voice among allies could hardly have been more brusque. "The French government says it considers," in the words of a German diplomat to his superiors, "NATO obsolete in its present form. It has no illusions, however, that it might win over the other member states with its views. The French government says it knows that these states wish to uphold the principle of integration […]. Therefore the French government believes it would be useless (inutile) to negotiate the matter with its NATO partners." Ultimately, however, the crisis also revealed unexpected opportunities. By Ilse-Dorothee Pautsch.

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University is a complex archival institution.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Ziemann, Professor of Modern German History at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK).

The Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the University Institute of History, Ethnology, Greek and Latin, and Archeology.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya, Senior Research Fellow at the National Security Archive, George Washington University (Washington, DC, USA).

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The mission of The Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War art, culture and history from the Soviet bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, end explore its enduring legacy.

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Bernd Greiner, Director of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and Fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research – Berlin/Hamburg, Germany. (In German).

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities. Our interview series probes the past and present evolution of this field − but also looks ahead, trying to decipher future trends and developments in this highly diverse research landscape. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research).

Visit the nuclear attack-proof fortress in Stevns Klint, and hear the story about one of Denmark's most secret places, which was located at the utmost frontline during the Cold War.

What really happened in the days leading up to the decision to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki may never be known. But there is considerable evidence that diplomatic reasons concerning the Soviet Union — not military reasons concerning Japan — may have been important in the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan in August, 1945. By Gar Alperovitz.

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), founded by Cynthia Kelly in 2002, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Manhattan Proj

The purpose of the University of Helsinki's Network for European Studies (NES), which was founded in 2002, is to promote and coordinate the study of European issues within all faculties and discipl

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The History Department at the University of Exeter is at the forefront of many areas of historical research.

Please submit a suggested topic and a précis for the conference  "The Berlin Airlift. A Realm of Memory of the Cold War" by July 10, 2016. The conference will take place on March 13th/14th in 2017 in the Allied Museum in Berlin. It is presented by LaBex ENHE, CEGIL (Université de Lorraine), the Allied Museum and the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies.

The doctors' organization "International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)" can serve as a vehicle for tracing the close ties between the protests against nuclear armament in the 1980s with the multilayered discussions and debates within West Germany. This is the point at which one must acknowledge that the Cold War had permeated society as a whole.

Gabriele Metzler draws attention to a research field offering excellent opportunities for investigating patterns of interpreting and classifying the "Cold War:" the history of marine and polar exploration.

The History Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies teaches and researches the contemporary world through its layered histories and from a multiplicity of pers

Large-scale multinational operations to vet those seeking refuge in Germany emerged during the final months of the Second World War and in the early Cold War years. Keith R. Allen explored the legacy of this history on May 17th.

 

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Based on the state Law of Saxony-Anhalt dating from 2015 the state commissioner of Saxony-Anhalt is responsible for dealing with the past of the dictatorship of Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SE

The Hannah Arendt Institute for the research on Totalitarianism at the TU Dresden (HAIT) devotes itself to systematic and comparative research of National Socialism and Communism, which, as ideolog

If we consider contemporary history to be the prehistory of the present day, inquiring into the end of the Cold War must take into account not only Europe and North America but to a greater extent Asia, because this is where processes began that have deeply influenced today's global (dis-)order and continue to do so. By Hermann Wentker.

Based on the Thuringian Rehabilitation Law from 2013 the regional commissioner is responsible for dealing with the past of the dictatorship of Socialist

Berlin is the focal point of Ku'damm '56, a three-part miniseries on Germany's ZDF public broadcaster. But in it the Cold War fades into a backdrop full of clichés. Sophia Lange comments on a film full of lost opportunities. 

Since 2007 the memorial ROTER OCHSE Halle (Saale) belongs to the Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt.

Willy Brandt remained active in foreign policy beyond his resignation as Chancellor in 1974.

At the beginning of the Second World War, air war was an unknown matter.  By the conflict's end, however, it was clear that air power had revolutionized future warfare.

 

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Hans Dietrich Genscher was a great communicator and networker. The policy of de-escalation with the states of the Warsaw Pact that he called thoroughly "realistic" became his passion. With it he helped significantly to defuse the Cold War – as Agnes Bresselau von Bressensdorf concludes.

Schifflersgrund was the first German Border Museum in Germany.

The Borderland Museum Eichsfeld was opened in 1995 at the former inner-German border crossing point Duderstadt-Worbis (at the border between Lower Saxony and Thuringia).

The IAEA History Research Project was founded in 2011. Since then it has acted as an umbrella for different research activities on the history of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Baltic Border Tower Society was founded in 2002 with the objective of preserving the GDR border observation tower in Kuehlungsborn as a historic memorial, and conveying the history of the tower

The educational institution "Former Inner German Border", situated in the Culture Center kultur.werk.stadt.

The Moritzplatz Magdeburg Memorial is located in the former Magdeburg-Neustadt remand prison. It commemorates the people who were imprisoned here for political reasons between 1945 and 1989.

The Probstzella GDR Border Railroad Museum is situated halfway between Berlin and Munich. This station in the city of Probstzella was used as a GDR Border Checkpoint from 1949 until 1990.

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The Department of History is one of the oldest and yet most vibrant departments at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

While in Britain and Denmark the legacies of the Cold War have since been registered as part of the culture of remembrance and in some cases protected as memorials, in Germany the sensitivity for this chapter of recent history is still lacking. The disinterest of the federal, regional and municipal governments is primarily an expression of the historical amnesia abounding since the 1990s. By Ulrich Mählert.

Heonik Kwon is a Senior Research Fellow and Distinguished Research Professor at Trinity College, Division of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

The Cold War Museum® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from th

The use of chemical weapons in Vietnam and nuclear testing in general are but two illustrations of the obvious fact that this global conflict of systems also had effects on the environment. Nevertheless, Cold War historians and environmental historians have been ignoring each other most of the time. An anthology on the "Environmental Histories of the Cold War", edited by John McNeill and Corinna Unger in 2010, demonstrates the value of an environmental history of the Cold War.

The Diefenbunker is one of the most unique National Historic Sites in Canada, and the country's most significant surviving Cold War site.

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circe of pe

In mid-March, 1985, the youngest member of the Soviet Politburo, Mikhail Gorbachev, was elected General Secretary. In retrospect this date seems to us like one of the turning points in the history of the Cold War. Yet, how did contemporaries view Gorbachev? Historian Ilse Dorothee Pautsch, head of the team editing the foreign policy records of the German Federal Republic, consults newly declassified records for an answer.

As part of their progress report, the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies officially debuted two of its projects:  A new webpage, which includes the Cold War Portal, and the exhibit, "The Cold War: Causes – History – Impact," co-sponsored with the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany. A report (in German).

Our joint exhibition with the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany titled "The Cold War. Causes - History - Consequences" will be available to public schools, universities, cultural or political institutions and the interested public starting in March 2016. With more than 160 historical photos and documents as well as QR codes linking to additional visual material, the exhibition provides a rich and impressive panorama of the Cold War as a determinant of global politics in the 20th century.

Unraveling the multiple, entangled strands of the history of the Cold War remains one of the great challenges of research into the recent past, and especially in what was then the Third World. Because the frontiers of the rival spheres of influence in the Northern Hemisphere stayed fixed and, for the foreseeable future, seemed impenetrable, from the late 1950s onward the US and USSR increasingly shifted their struggle for resources, dominance and prestige toward the Global South. But American and Soviet leaders were not the only actors who determined the course of events. Historian Bernd Greiner on a topic that deserves greater attention.

What is left of the Cold War? Dutch photographer Martin Roemers gives a clear answer: the structural and topographic relics of the conflict between East and West in Europe. He has tracked down and, so to say, preserved its traces. The shots of the twice winner of the World Press Photo Award and the 2015 Series Winner of the Street Photography Award take us to abandoned army bases and bunker complexes, military training areas, technical installations, monitoring facilities and memorial sites.

 

Please refer to the German version of this site.

 

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circe of pe

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circe of pe

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circe of pe

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circe of pe

The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies' monthly Brown Bag Breakfasts provide an opportunity for young scholars to present their PhD and postdoc projects and to discuss them with a small circe of pe

CEGIL (Lorraine Research Group in Multicultural German Studies) is made up of specialists in German, Austrian, Scandinavian and Dutch literature, in the history of ideas and civilization (15th-21st

At our two locations in Munich and Regensburg, our Graduate School intends to create an internationally renowned centre of excellence for East and Southeast European studies.

The John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (JFKI) brings together six disciplines, in addition to numerous scholarships and exchange programs, and a world class research library.

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a public institution that promotes democratic awareness and political participation.

The Foundation's work focus is to explore the life and work of Ernst Reuter (1889-1953), the first Governing Mayor of Berlin.

The Allied Museum is dedicated to informing the public about the history of the Western powers in Berlin between 1945 and 1994.

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history.

The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) fosters research and public programming on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a national and global context.

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive based at the George Washington University in Washington D.C.

The Deutsche Kinemathek is a Museum presenting the history of Film and Television. Its rich archive of moving images and related material are open to the public for research.

The University of Potsdam stands for excellence in research as a modern and innovative institution.

The Center was established in December 1998, as the first scholarly institution founded as a non-profit organization in East Central Europe.

The Chair for the History of Western Europe and Transatlantic Relations is part of the Department of History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of i

The Center was created in 2001 by a group of former scholars of the University of Florence who were and are making historical research on the Cold War.

The Centre Marc Bloch is a Franco-German Research Center for Social Sciences and was founded after German Reunification.

The museum, located at the historic site of the German surrender on May 8th, 1945, originated out of a former Soviet military museum.

Lively, interactive and just a little intoxicating, the DDR Museum presents life in the former GDR as it was experienced by ordinary people.

The Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ) is one of the largest non-university historical research institutes in Germany.

The Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ) is one of the largest non-university historical research institutes in Germany.

The Institute of Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ) is one of the largest non-university historical research institutes in Germany.

Our research focuses on global and international history in the 20th century.

The Ibero-American Institute (IAI) is an interdisciplinary center for academic and cultural exchange between Germany and Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.

The Berlin artist Yadegar Asisi depicts with the panorama picture THE WALL the life at and in the shadow of the Wall on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s.

Why Yemen? What exactly was East Germany looking for there, in this forgotten corner of the world? And under what circumstances could this ideology imported from Central Europe be implemented? Miriam Müller's interdisciplinary case study of East Germany's intense involvement with the sole Marxist-Leninist state in the Arabian Peninsula – the People's Republic of Yemen – goes far beyond these questions.

The Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies is a joint project of the Institute of Contemporary Hist

This lecture is part of the series "New Research on the Cold War".
Chair: Ulrich Mählert (Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dicatorship in Eastern Germany)

The museum at Berlin Gatow Airfield is a branch of the Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr.

The team behind the website.

The main aim of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the research on consequences of war (BIK) is to carry out and promote interdisciplinary research on the effects and consequences of wars and confl

The Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University is a large teaching and research unit with a focus on 20th Century, Canadian, and Ancient History.

The domain of Contemporary History belongs to the Department of History at the University Fribourg (Switzerland).

The Association "Berliner Unterwelten" (Berlin Underworlds) researches underground buildings and their context in history and urban development.

Since its foundation in 1996, the Department of Political Studies has developed a strong vocation for international and interdisciplinary studies.

Harvard University is a large research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

The Point Alpha Foundation is taking care of the Memorial Point Alpha, which consists of the former U.S.

Austin Jersild discussed his current publication projects as well as his current research on the Sino-Soviet rivalry in the Third World. His forthcoming work includes articles on Sino-East European relations in the 1950s as part of a volume on the normalization of Sino-European relations produced by the Cold War International History Project in Washington, D.C.

This lecture is part of the series "New Research on the Cold War".
Chair: Bernd Greiner (Berlin Center for Cold War Studies / Hamburg Institute for Social Research)

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19 March 2015
 
Presentation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

The Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany contributes, through research sponsorships and its own projects (including exhibitions and publications), to a

We maintain the oldest relic of the Berlin Wall, the former GDR watch tower near Potsdamer Platz.

This lecture is part of the series "New Research on the Cold War"
Chair: Andreas Wirsching (Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin)

This lecture is part of the series "New Research on the Cold War"
Chair: Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research)

The Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation commemorates the life and political legacy of this Social Democratic politician, internationally recognized statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) is Germany’s national historical museum.

For years, East Germany's Communist party, the SED, promoted the impression that it was cultivating a close and special relationship with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) under the leadership of Yasser Arafat on the basis of common values and shared political goals. Lutz Maeke reaches a different conclusion: Conflict and confrontation, and not friendship and trust, marked the relationship between the GDR and the PLO under Arafat's chairmanship from the beginning.

The association seeks to establish a Cold War Museum at Checkpoint Charlie and supports the Cold W

The Education and Research Department (BF) conducts basic research on important subject areas.

The Foundation encompasses two locations. The Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum is the museum of flight and emigration in divided Germany.

The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig is a research institute commited to international cooperation and multidisciplinary approache

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The Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies is a joint project of the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communis

 

Please refer to the German version of this site.

The unification process between the two German states began on November 9, 1989. The event was a watershed for the project of European integration project. From the German perspective this process has been thoroughly investigated. The responses of the major powers as well as Britain and France are likewise well researched. To the present day, however, the Italian reaction is insufficiently documented. Deborah Cuccia sheds light on Italy's role in her dissertation project.


In this joint public lecture series with the Humboldt University of Berlin, renowned international historians present their findings to an interested public. Fields and topics include military and diplomatic history, the history of emotions, social movements and "counter-experts", the history of knowledge and science, and cultures of memory. A number of these lectures are in English. Please refer to the more detailed program below for further information.

The Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) is an operating foundation which was established in 1984 by Jan Philipp Reemtsma. Since 2015, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knöbl is the director of Institute.

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