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9/12/2017

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.

 
8/29/2017

The Indian Subcontinent as a Cold War Playing Field: German-German / Indian Relations in the 1971 Bangladesh War

The two Germanies' respective South Asia policies relied on and referenced one another to such an extent that they on occasion punctured the bipolarity of the Cold War. In so doing the GDR and the FRG decidedly pursued their own interests, which often differed substantially from those of the superpowers on either side of the Iron Curtain. By Alexander Benatar.

 
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.

 
8/1/2017

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.

 
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.

 
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).

 

 

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