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East Germany and Italy were both peculiar cases in the Cold War. Similarly affected by structural frailties – weak economies, controversial relations with their respective allies, and mounting social unrest – they had limited leeway in international relations. Laura Fasanaro reflects on the history, politics, and geographic positions of both countries during the Cold War.

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.

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 Department of Social Sciences at the Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology (NIET) (Namangan Muhandislik Texnologiya Instituti) in Uzbekistan teaches historical, social sciences, and

The European Solidarity Centre (ESC) is a museum devoted to the history of the Solidarność movement in Poland during the 1980s.

Donald Trump’s election saw the renewal of Cold War rhetoric, not least in discussions of his sanity – or lack thereof. In describing Trump’s methods as madness, opponents returned to a strategy inspired by 1950s politics. By Alexander Dunst.

 

The Cold War Studies Project (CWSP) maintains LSE IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research the Cold War. We focus on:

The Aleksanteri Institute functions as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities.

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes was established in 2008, based on Act 141/2007 of the Czech Republic.

Today, the former central prison of the East German secret police – the Stasi – is a memorial.

The Cold War was the defining ideological, cultural, economic and geopolitical struggle of the second half of the twentieth century.

The Institute for Contemporary History (Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR - USD) is one of the research establishments of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The Center for Cold War International History Studies at East China Normal University (ECNU) was founded in 2001.

The History Department at the Bar-Ilan University offers history courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University is a complex archival institution.

The mission of The Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War art, culture and history from the Soviet bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, end explore its enduring legacy.

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The History Department at the University of Exeter is at the forefront of many areas of historical research.

Based on the state Law of Saxony-Anhalt dating from 2015 the state commissioner of Saxony-Anhalt is responsible for dealing with the past of the dictatorship of Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SE

The Hannah Arendt Institute for the research on Totalitarianism at the TU Dresden (HAIT) devotes itself to systematic and comparative research of National Socialism and Communism, which, as ideolog

Based on the Thuringian Rehabilitation Law from 2013 the regional commissioner is responsible for dealing with the past of the dictatorship of Socialist

Since 2007 the memorial ROTER OCHSE Halle (Saale) belongs to the Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt.

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.

 

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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.

The Center was established in December 1998, as the first scholarly institution founded as a non-profit organization in East Central Europe.

The museum, located at the historic site of the German surrender on May 8th, 1945, originated out of a former Soviet military museum.

Why Yemen? What exactly was East Germany looking for there, in this forgotten corner of the world? And under what circumstances could this ideology imported from Central Europe be implemented? Miriam Müller's interdisciplinary case study of East Germany's intense involvement with the sole Marxist-Leninist state in the Arabian Peninsula – the People's Republic of Yemen – goes far beyond these questions.

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.

The Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany contributes, through research sponsorships and its own projects (including exhibitions and publications), to a

The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig is a research institute commited to international cooperation and multidisciplinary approache

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