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The rivalry of the systems following 1945 brought about a political fragmentation in a small area in Southeastern Europe that was second to none. The consideration of the region as a "focal point of the Cold War" is therefore almost inevitable, in order to discuss interactions between global power constellations and local characteristics and continuities.
Janis Nalbadidacis and Matthias Thaden on a workshop at the HU Berlin.

The death of Helmut Kohl on 16 June 2017 awakened nostalgic reactions on social media, including the circulation of news clips about the historic meeting between Kohl and Erich Honecker in Bonn in 1987. Among those clips was a piece of television coverage by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). By Laura Ellen Saarenmaa.

After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the American intervention in the Dominican Republic in 1965 emerged as a volatile issue in the rivalry between the superpowers. The Soviet Union put considerable pressure on India – in its role as an important player in the non-aligned movement – to take sides. Binay Prasad discusses how India handled the situation, balancing its own interests with those of the non-aligned movement.

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.

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.

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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The Museum Konperensi Asia-Afrika (KAA), based in Bandung, Indonesia, represents the historical values of the Asian-African Conference of 1955.

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.

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.

The massive underground structure, the Atomic War Command – ARK, was built during the Cold War period (1953-1979) to shelter Yugoslavia's leadership cadre, headed by President Josip Broz Tito.

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) has a long tradition of research and public service in the area of international relations in Brazil.

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).

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.

Unraveling the multiple, entangled strands of the history of the Cold War remains one of the great challenges of research into the recent past, and especially in what was then the Third World. Because the frontiers of the rival spheres of influence in the Northern Hemisphere stayed fixed and, for the foreseeable future, seemed impenetrable, from the late 1950s onward the US and USSR increasingly shifted their struggle for resources, dominance and prestige toward the Global South. But American and Soviet leaders were not the only actors who determined the course of events. Historian Bernd Greiner on a topic that deserves greater attention.

The Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University is a large teaching and research unit with a focus on 20th Century, Canadian, and Ancient History.

Austin Jersild discussed his current publication projects as well as his current research on the Sino-Soviet rivalry in the Third World. His forthcoming work includes articles on Sino-East European relations in the 1950s as part of a volume on the normalization of Sino-European relations produced by the Cold War International History Project in Washington, D.C.


In this joint public lecture series with the Humboldt University of Berlin, renowned international historians present their findings to an interested public. Fields and topics include military and diplomatic history, the history of emotions, social movements and "counter-experts", the history of knowledge and science, and cultures of memory. A number of these lectures are in English. Please refer to the more detailed program below for further information.

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