CWIHP Book Series

Cold War International History Project books published by the Wilson Center Press.

Issues in this Series

Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960–1965

Battleground Africa traces the Congo Crisis from post-World War II decolonization efforts through Mobutu’s second coup in 1965 from a radically new vantage point.

Divided Together: The United States and the Soviet Union in the United Nations, 1945-1965

Divided Together studies US and Soviet policy toward the United Nations during the first two decades of the Cold War.

Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

Marigold presents the first rigorously documented, in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966.

The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

Sergo A. Mikoyan and Svetlana Savranskaya rewrite conventional history based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The "missiles of October" and "13 days" were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962.

The Cold War in East Asia: 1945-1991

Edited by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, The Cold War in East Asia studies Asia as a second front in the Cold War, examining how the six powers;the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Japan, and North and South Korea interacted with one another and forged the conditions that were distinct from the Cold War in Europe.

Stalin and Togliatti: Italy and the Origins of the Cold War

Elena Agarossi and Victor Zaslavsky employ previously classified documents in Russian and Italian archives in order to underscore the role of Stalin's ambitions and their incompatibility with liberal-democratic systems in the development of the Cold War.

A Distant Front in the Cold War: The USSR in West Africa and the Congo, 1956-1964

Sergey Mazov presents evidence from previously inaccessible documents in Russian and U.S. archives, as well as an international sampling of recent scholarly works that reveal West Africa as a significant site of Cold War conflict in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956

Pawel Machcewicz offers a social history of the mass movements that prompted political change and altered Polish-Soviet relations in 1956 but avoided a Soviet armed response. He focuses on the people's expression of grievances, and even riots; as opposed to "top-level" activities such as internal Communist Party struggles.

Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962-1967

Sergey Radchenko uses recently declassified archival sources from Russia, China, Mongolia, the United States, and other countries to examine the dramatic deterioration of relations between the USSR and China in the 1960s, whereby once powerful allies became estranged, competitive, and increasingly hostile neighbors.

The Soviet Union and the 1967 Six Day War

Edited by Boris Morozov and Yaacov Ro'i. Why did the Soviet Union spark war in 1967 between Israel and the Arab states by falsely informing Syria and Egypt that Israel was massing troops on the Syrian border? Based on newly available archival sources, The Soviet Union and the June 1967 Six Day War answers this controversial question more fully than ever before.

Local Consequences of the Global Cold War

Jeffrey A. Engel turns Cold War diplomatic history upside down by studying how actions of international relations affected local popular life. Each chapter has its origins in a major international issue, and then unfolds the consequences of that issue for some region or city.

Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the Cold War

Edited by Priscilla Roberts and based on new archival research in many countries, this volume broadens the context of the U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Its primary focus is on relations between China and Vietnam in the mid-twentieth century; but the book also deals with China's relations with Cambodia, U.S. dealings with both China and Vietnam, French attitudes toward Vietnam and China, and Soviet views of Vietnam and China.

Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt

The 1956 Hungarian revolution, and its suppression by the U.S.S.R., was a key event in the Cold War, demonstrating deep dissatisfaction with both the communist system and old-fashioned Soviet imperialism. Now, fifty years later, Charles Gati's new history of the revolt, denying neither Hungarian heroism nor Soviet brutality, modifies our picture of what happened.

Kim Il Sung in the Khruschev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Role of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964

Balazs Szalontai describes how North Korea became more despotic even as other Communist countries underwent de-Stalinization. Through a series of comparisons not only with the USSR but also with Albania, Romania, Yugoslavia, China, and Vietnam, the author highlights unique features of North Korean communism during the period.

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954-1963

Ilya V. Gaiduk examines the Soviet approach to the Vietnam conflict between the 1954 Geneva conference on Indochina and late 1963, when the overthrow of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and the assassination of John F. Kennedy radically transformed the conflict.

Economic Cold War

Why would one country impose economic sanctions against another in pursuit of foreign policy objectives? How effective is the use of economic weapons in attaining such objectives? To answer these questions, Shu Guang Zhang examines how and why the United States and its allies instituted economic sanctions against the People's Republic of China in the 1950s, and how the embargo affected Chinese domestic policy and the Sino-Soviet alliance.

Brothers in Arms

Edited by Odd Arne Westad, this volume brings together young scholars from China, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe who, drawing on much newly available documentation, analyze the complicated history of the Sino-Soviet relationship from World War II to the 1960s.

Upcoming Events

Art Exhibit: "From War to Victory: Poland 1939-1989"

October 01, 2014 // 4:00pmOctober 10, 2014 // 5:00pm

The Kennan Diaries

October 03, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm

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