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A lasting web of exchanges: Italy and the GDR in the 1970s and 1980s

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.


The Czechoslovak Port in Hamburg in the Cold War. A project presentation

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.


Interrogation Nation: Refugees and Spies in Cold War Germany

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.


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.