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8/15/2017

Negotiating the Sino-Soviet border (1960-1991)

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.

 
7/18/2017

Cold War History Studies in China in the 21st Century

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.

 
6/6/2017

The Interpreters of Europe and the Cold War: Interpretive patterns in French, German, and Polish historiography and literary studies

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

 
4/3/2017

The First 100 Arrows

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.

 
3/21/2017

Changing Time(s) in the Cold War. An Inter-German Farce

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

 
1/31/2017

Border Surveys

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).

 

 
1/23/2017

The Cold War as Metaphor

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.

 

 
12/10/2016

Cold War Cities: History, Culture and Memory

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.

 
11/30/2016

In light of recent events

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.

 
10/25/2016

Once Firm, Then Fluid

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.

 

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