Section of Contemporary History at the Saxo Institute (University of Copenhagen)

Section of Contemporary History
Saxo Institute
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Vej 4
2300 Copenhagen S

Prof. Poul Villaume
Tel. +45 51 29 95 68

Assoc. Prof. Rasmus Mariager

Assoc. Prof. Regin Schmidt


The Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the University Institute of History, Ethnology, Greek and Latin, and Archeology. The (informal) section of contemporary history is part of the Department of History of the Saxo Institute, and focuses on 20th century international and Danish history, including the history of the Cold War.

Cold War Interests: 

The historians of the Saxo Institute teach and conduct research on the Cold War in its national, Nordic, European, Trans-Atlantic, and global contexts. A particular focus lies on the period of European Cold War détente.

Different projects related to the Cold War have led to the publication of several books, including  "The Long 1970s: Human Rights, East-West Détente, and Transnational Relations'", edited by Poul Villaume, Rasmus Mariager, Helle Porsdam (London/New York 2016), and "The Long Détente: Changing Concepts of Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1950s-1980s," edited by Oliver Bange and Poul Villaume (Budapest/New York 2016).