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5/31/2016

Medicine Against the Cold War

The doctors' organization "International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)" can serve as a vehicle for tracing the close ties between the protests against nuclear armament in the 1980s with the multilayered discussions and debates within West Germany. This is the point at which one must acknowledge that the Cold War had permeated society as a whole.

 
5/25/2016

Poles Apart

Gabriele Metzler draws attention to a research field offering excellent opportunities for investigating patterns of interpreting and classifying the "Cold War:" the history of marine and polar exploration.

 
5/18/2016

Screening Refugees in Cold War Germany

Large-scale multinational operations to vet those seeking refuge in Germany emerged during the final months of the Second World War and in the early Cold War years. Keith R. Allen explored the legacy of this history on May 17th.

 

 
5/11/2016

Asia After the End of the Cold War

If we consider contemporary history to be the prehistory of the present day, inquiring into the end of the Cold War must take into account not only Europe and North America but to a greater extent Asia, because this is where processes began that have deeply influenced today's global (dis-)order and continue to do so. By Hermann Wentker.

 
5/4/2016

"Ku'damm 56"

Berlin is the focal point of Ku'damm '56, a three-part miniseries on Germany's ZDF public broadcaster. But in it the Cold War fades into a backdrop full of clichés. Sophia Lange comments on a film full of lost opportunities. 

 
4/27/2016

Sophia Dafinger: The Lessons of War in the Air

At the beginning of the Second World War, air war was an unknown matter.  By the conflict's end, however, it was clear that air power had revolutionized future warfare.

 

 
4/21/2016

Hans-Dietrich Genscher – Cold War Communicator

Hans Dietrich Genscher was a great communicator and networker. The policy of de-escalation with the states of the Warsaw Pact that he called thoroughly "realistic" became his passion. With it he helped significantly to defuse the Cold War – as Agnes Bresselau von Bressensdorf concludes.

 
4/15/2016

Military Landscapes

While in Britain and Denmark the legacies of the Cold War have since been registered as part of the culture of remembrance and in some cases protected as memorials, in Germany the sensitivity for this chapter of recent history is still lacking. The disinterest of the federal, regional and municipal governments is primarily an expression of the historical amnesia abounding since the 1990s. By Ulrich Mählert.

 
4/11/2016

Re-read: "Environmental Histories of the Cold War"

The use of chemical weapons in Vietnam and nuclear testing in general are but two illustrations of the obvious fact that this global conflict of systems also had effects on the environment. Nevertheless, Cold War historians and environmental historians have been ignoring each other most of the time. An anthology on the "Environmental Histories of the Cold War", edited by John McNeill and Corinna Unger in 2010, demonstrates the value of an environmental history of the Cold War.

 
4/4/2016

Michail Gorbachev's election in March 1985: The beginning of the end of the Cold War?

In mid-March, 1985, the youngest member of the Soviet Politburo, Mikhail Gorbachev, was elected General Secretary. In retrospect this date seems to us like one of the turning points in the history of the Cold War. Yet, how did contemporaries view Gorbachev? Historian Ilse Dorothee Pautsch, head of the team editing the foreign policy records of the German Federal Republic, consults newly declassified records for an answer.

 

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