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Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

Author Norman Naimark argues that Stalin's policies on the continent in the immediate postwar years, 1944-1948/49, were characterized by diversity and complexity versus a firm plan for the division of Europe. The book examines seven case studies that emphasize the state of flux in postwar Europe, where a variety of outcomes were possible.

Call for Papers - Global histories of anti-nuclear and peace activism in the late Cold War

London School of Economics, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 2020

China and the South China Sea

Southeast Asia is bound to China by geography. Viewed from China, the region is a southern appendage to China, one fragmented into a number of relatively small countries. Ethnographers believe all the major long-established populations in that region originally migrated from China – pushed south over millennia by the expanding numbers of the Han people. Some of those populations, notably the Thai, retain a close affinity to China because substantial numbers of their coethnics still live in southern China.

West Germany and the Iron Curtain

The talk takes a fresh look at the history of Cold War Germany and the German reunification process from the spatial perspective of the West German borderlands. These borderlands emerged along the volatile inter-German border after 1945 and constituted the Federal Republic’s most sensitive geographical space.

Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania: The Criterion Association

In 1930s Bucharest, some of the country’s most brilliant young intellectuals converged to form the Criterion Association. Bound by friendship and the dream of a new, modern Romania, their members included historian Mircea Eliade, critic Petru Comarnescu, Jewish playwright Mihail Sebastian and a host of other philosophers and artists. Together, they built a vibrant cultural scene that flourished for a few short years, before fascism and scandal splintered their ranks. Cristina A.

George Marshall: Defender of the Republic

The Wall Street Journal describes David Roll’s new book as a “literary monument.”  Thomas Ricks in The New York Times writes that Roll’s biography “is the best of the bunch.”  Roll reveals for the first time the details of Marshall’s controversial plan to hold through the winter of 1942-43 a beachhead on the Cotentin Peninsula in France, arguing that it was a dicey yet plausible altern

Assignment: North Korea

Images and insights from inside the DPRK

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have transformed his image from Hermit King to diplomatic statesman by stepping out onto the world stage in 2018 and 2019. But in 2020, with few Americans traveling to Pyongyang due to years of tightened sanctions and travel bans, the people of North Korea remain as hidden and muted as ever before.

Moscow’s Post-Soviet Integration Dreams: History, Economics Play Roles


Russian president Vladimir Putin hosted leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in an informal summit in Saint Petersburg on December 20. The format of this year’s gathering was a bit different from previous years as the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) also arrived in Saint Petersburg to make it a joint informal summit of the EEU and the CIS.