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THE SINO-INDIAN BORDER WAR 1962. New Perspectives

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.


On Finnish television: Erich Honecker's Moose Hunting Trip and other News

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.


Carefully Guarded Criticism: India's position on the 1965 American intervention in the Dominican Republic

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.


An Anti-Revisionist United Front? The Beijing-Pyongyang Axis in the International Communist Movement of the early 1960s

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.


The Center for China’s Cold War Studies – The ECNU Center for Cold War International History Studies

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.


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.


Conflict Moderation in the Cold War. Contacts between East and West German analysts from the late 1960s

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.


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.