From Below and In Between – Narrating and Practicing the Cold War in South East Europe

International Workshop at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Thu, 6/1/2017 to Fri, 6/2/2017
Humboldt University
Room 114 (1st Floor)
Mohrenstraße 40/41
10117 Berlin
Germany

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. Ideological fault lines divided various countries from one another and resulted in an exceptionally fragmented political landscape: Rumania und Bulgaria joined the Warsaw Pact under Soviet influence, Greece and Turkey became members of the NATO, and Yugoslavia held a leading position in the Non-Aligned movement. Furthermore, Albania broke bonds with the Soviet Union in 1962 and became increasingly isolated. Not only in a Cold War-context, South East Europe is often seen as a periphery to the global centers. The workshop will challenge this perspective. Instead, we will approach the region as a center of ideological fractions during the Cold War, therefore treating it as a "burning glass" of geopolitical orders.

Convenors are Janis Nalbadidacis (Chair for South East European History, Humboldt University of Berlin), Matthias Thaden (Chair for the History of Western Europe and Transatlantic Relations, Humboldt University of Berlin).

Supported by the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Southeast Europe Association, the Center for Modern Greece, and the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies.