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7/25/2016

Détente Revisited

By the mid 1960s, both the American and the West German governments were eager to foster liberalizing changes in Eastern Europe through an expansion of East-West communication. The assumption was that Communist rulers were prepared to open up their systems gradually for freer movement of people, information and ideas provided that they were granted international security.

 
7/18/2016

Interview Series (Part V): Hermann Wentker

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Hermann Wentker, Director of Research at the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (Berlin, Germany). (In German)

 
7/11/2016

Interview Series (Part IV): Tsuchiya Yuka

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Tsuchiya Yuka, Professor of International Studies at Ehime University (Ehime, Japan).

 
7/7/2016

Farewell to the Cold War?

Jan Hansen’s intention is "to ‘historicize’ the debate over rearmament and previous research on it." He endeavors to achieve this by taking an "alien perspective." Both are done with great success, as Karsten D. Voigt emphasized on the occasion of a book presentation hosted by the Willy-Brandt-Foundation on June, 2nd.

 
7/4/2016

50 Years Ago: The "Frexit" Fracas

The tone of voice among allies could hardly have been more brusque. "The French government says it considers," in the words of a German diplomat to his superiors, "NATO obsolete in its present form. It has no illusions, however, that it might win over the other member states with its views. The French government says it knows that these states wish to uphold the principle of integration […]. Therefore the French government believes it would be useless (inutile) to negotiate the matter with its NATO partners." Ultimately, however, the crisis also revealed unexpected opportunities. By Ilse-Dorothee Pautsch.

 
6/27/2016

Interview Series (Part III): Benjamin Ziemann

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Ziemann, Professor of Modern German History at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK).

 
6/20/2016

Interview Series (Part II): Svetlana Savranskaya

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya, Senior Research Fellow at the National Security Archive, George Washington University (Washington, DC, USA).

 
6/13/2016

Interview Series (Part I): Bernd Greiner

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Bernd Greiner, Director of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and Fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research – Berlin/Hamburg, Germany. (In German).

 
6/13/2016

Interview Series: Taking Stock of Cold War Research

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities. Our interview series probes the past and present evolution of this field − but also looks ahead, trying to decipher future trends and developments in this highly diverse research landscape. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research).

 
6/8/2016

Atomic Bombs and the Early Cold War

What really happened in the days leading up to the decision to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki may never be known. But there is considerable evidence that diplomatic reasons concerning the Soviet Union — not military reasons concerning Japan — may have been important in the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan in August, 1945. By Gar Alperovitz.

 

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