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Film Screening: "Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom"

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October 10, 2014 // 3:00pm6:00pm
"Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom" portrays the dramatic events surrounding the mass occupation of the West German embassy in Prague by East German refugees seeking permission to leave for the West. Negotiations between East and West Germany in late September 1989 led to their release and their travel by special trains from Prague to West Germany via the GDR on a chilly night at the end of September. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with two Germans who grew up and experienced the revolutionary changes of 1989-90 in East Germany. more

The Global History of Sport in the Cold War

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Sep 23, 2014
In association with the Cold War International History Project and supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a new collaborative project has been launched on the cultural, social and political significance of sport in the Cold War. more

A “Diplomatic Nuclear Explosion”? Sino-French Relations in the 1960s

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Sep 16, 2014
When France and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in January 1964, observers called the event a “diplomatic nuclear explosion," but the high hopes entertained for Sino-French relations never quite materialized during, undermined by China and France’s conflicting goals toward the Vietnam War and the turmoil associated with the Cultural Revolution. more

Call for Proposals: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

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Sep 12, 2014
The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, slated to open in Spring of 2015, is seeking proposals for 2 available postdoctoral fellowships on the history of the Cold War. more

North Korean Apprentices in China and the Nature of Socialist Exchanges in the 1950s

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Sep 11, 2014
After 1953, China hosted thousands of North Koreans for industrial training programs and internships. Although the intention of hosting interns was to assist North Korea with its post-war economic reconstruction, newly translated Chinese documents reveal that the training programs were, at their core, really about politics. more

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project