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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

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

 
1/23/2017

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.

 
10/5/2016

The IAEA at 60

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.

 
9/13/2016

The Windfall of Détente

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.

 

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