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Conference Report: The Cold War: History, Memory, and Representation

H-Soz-u-Kult has released a report on the CWIHP co-sponsored conference The Cold War: History, Memory, Representation, which was held from 14-16 July 2011 at the European Academy in Berlin.

Visit the H-Soz-u-Kult to read the conference report in full.

Conference Overview:

Panel 1 / The Cold War: Master Narratives In East And West

Odd Arne Westad (London): On The Historiography Of The Cold War

Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands

In the twentieth century, Muslim minorities emerged in Europe seeking work, a refuge from conflict, and higher life standards. As a result, there are now more than 12 million Muslims in Western Europe. As these immigrants became permanent residents, the Islamic communities they developed had to respond to their European context, reinterpreting Islam in accordance with local conditions.

Germany’s Historical Euro Responsibility

The Eurocrisis is reminiscent of two European conflagrations lasting three decades, the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the two twentieth century World Wars (1914-1945), argues Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel in a recent article published in Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Those wars centered on Germany and ravaged Europe and the world. 

Occupied Economies: An Economic History of Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945

What were the consequences of the German occupation for the economy of occupied Europe? After Germany conquered major parts of the European continent, it was faced with a choice between plundering the suppressed countries and using their economies to produce what it needed. The decision made not only differed from country to country but also changed over the course of the war. Individual leaders; the economic needs of the Reich; the military situation; struggles between governors of occupied countries and Berlin officials, and finally racism all had an impact on the outcome.

Archives in Wartime: From WWII to the Invasion of Iraq

From the first days of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, United States forces seized official government records created by Saddam Hussein’s regime and exploited them for valuable military intelligence. Millions of pages of these Iraqi state records were then transferred to the United States for further research. Digital copies were even made available to scholars, providing a wealth of new insights into the recent history of Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Call for papers: France and the German Question

Programme de recherche de la Sorbonne sur la Guerre froide (Sorbonne Cold War History Project) in partnership with Deutsches Historisches Institut (The German Historical Institute, Paris) will host the conference "France and the German Question, 1945-1990" in Paris from February 7-9, 2013.

The conveners invite contributions in English dealing among others with any of the following topics over specific periods or the whole duration of the Cold War (please note that the conference will take place exclusively in English):