Cold War Publications

Jimmy Carter in Africa: Race and the Cold War

Feb 11, 2016
Jimmy Carter faced two major tests in Africa during his presidency. Both presented racial tension, Cold War competition, and issues of domestic politics, personal loyalty, and decision-making style. Nancy Mitchell’s Jimmy Carter in Africa tells the story of those challenges, how Carter steered his way through them, and what they tell us about US politics in that challenging period.

Syria's 1956 Request for Soviet Military Intervention

Feb 02, 2016
Providing historical context behind Russia’s involvement in the ongoing conflict in Syria, Yair Even introduces a little known but important request from Syria for Soviet military intervention in 1956.
János Kádár and Deng Xiaoping in China, October 1987

China and Eastern Europe in the 1980s: A Hungarian Perspective

Jan 20, 2016
Despite controversies over the contents of political reform, a commitment to reform served as a binding force for both Eastern Europe and China right until the spring of 1989. Paradoxically, the same reform processes—which on both sides initially ran parallel, serving as a point of reference and contributing to the renormalization of relations—had, by 1989, led to diametrically opposite political solutions and turned into a source for difference and separation.

The White Sun of Angola

Nov 12, 2015
As Former USSR Deputy Foreign Minister with responsibility for Africa, Ambassador Anatoly Adamishin’s memoirs offer unique insights into Soviet policy during Gorbachev’s perestroika. Its principal focus is Soviet involvement in the long-running conflict in Southern Africa: the Angolan theater. This account highlights the role of personal diplomacy and the relative autonomy of the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs vs the Party. This is a detailed account of the USSR’s overall contribution to the fraught negotiations between South Africa, Cuba, and Angola; relations with the ANC; the resolution of conflict in southern Africa and Namibia’s independence.

Stamps, Rum, and Hand Grenades: Fidel Castro’s Recipe for Revolution

Sep 29, 2015
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 66, author Renata Keller explores the 1956 Mexican arrest report of Fidel Castro and four fellow revolutionaries that nearly derailed the Cuban Revolution.

The Inter-Church Peace Council and the Nuclear Arms Race

Sep 14, 2015
Ruud van Dijk and Joppe Shaaper explore the political factors and ideological influences that shaped the origins of the Inter-Church Peace Council (IKV) and its campaign against the Nuclear Arms Race. The origins of the IKV campaign inform our understanding of the wider debate over nuclear weapons in the 1970s, détente and the Cold War, and the shift in thinking about the importance of nuclear weapons in international politics.

Mexican-Soviet relations, 1958-1964: The Limits of Engagement

Sep 03, 2015
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 65, author Vanni Pettinà explores the relationship between Mexico and the Soviet Union in the tumultuous period of late 1950s and early 1960s Latin America.

Ukraine and Soviet Nuclear History

Aug 12, 2015
Ukraine’s scientists and nuclear infrastructure played a significant role in the development of the Soviet nuclear program, especially in its first stages. Recently declassified documents demonstrate that Ukrainian nuclear scientists were among the first in the USSR to propose the correct fundamental design for the atomic bomb.
The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points, edited by Lorenz M. Lüthi

The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points

Jun 22, 2015
The contributors to this volume systematically explore the crucial turning points in the Cold War on all of its diverse fronts and examine the mutual interconnections of events in diverse regional Cold War theaters.

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