Cold War International History Project

Cold War International History Project Part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' History and Public Policy Program The Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former "Communist bloc" with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources.

It also seeks to transcend barriers of language, geography, and regional specialization to create new links among scholars interested in Cold War history.

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Tomorrow, August 13, 2021, marks 60 years since the construction of the Berlin Wall. In recognition of this anniversary,...
08/12/2021
The Berlin Wall: Wilson Center Publications & Archival Resources

Tomorrow, August 13, 2021, marks 60 years since the construction of the Berlin Wall. In recognition of this anniversary, the History and Public Policy Program has created a bibliography of all Wilson Center publications, video interviews, and archival documents that relate to the history of the Wall. #ColdWarHist #histatwilson

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/berlin-wall-wilson-center-publications-archival-resources

A bibliography of all Wilson Center publications, video interviews, and archival documents that relate to the history of the Berlin Wall.

📌EVENT: Join us today at our virtual webcast event!Commemorating Wilson in an Age of Racial Reckoning, TODAY, 8/9, 1:00-...
08/09/2021
Commemorating Wilson in an Age of Racial Reckoning

📌EVENT: Join us today at our virtual webcast event!
Commemorating Wilson in an Age of Racial Reckoning, TODAY, 8/9, 1:00-2:30 EST #HistAtWilson #ColdWarHist
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/commemorating-wilson-age-racial-reckoning

"To commemorate" means "to remember together." How should we collectively remember a past that has left so many different legacies for different people? How should we remember a figure like Woodrow Wilson, whose legacy is both internally inconsistent and publicly contested? Can we find a way to expl...

📌EVENT: Join us today at our virtual webcast event!Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible o...
07/26/2021
Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War

📌EVENT: Join us today at our virtual webcast event!

Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War 🕒 Today, 7/26. 4:00-5:30, EST

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/assignment-russia-becoming-foreign-correspondent-crucible-cold-war

What was it like to be at the center of political tensions in Moscow and tasked with explaining the Soviet Union to the American public? Chosen by legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow to become one of what came to be known as the ‘Murrow Boys,’ veteran journalist Marvin Kalb shares his journey...

07/19/2021

EVENTS: Join us this week at our virtual events! RSVP at the links below.

📌 TODAY @4pm EST: Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front during World War II with Donald Filtzer, Wendy Goldman, and Nicole Eaton.

🔗https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/fortress-dark-and-stern-soviet-home-front-during-world-war-ii

📌FRIDAY @3pm EST: The Selling of a Centennial, 2021 : What the Chinese Communist Party’s Propaganda Reveals About the CCP with Anne-Marie Brady, Aynne Kokas, and Maria Repnikova.

🔗https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/selling-centennial-2021-what-chinese-communist-partys-propaganda-reveals-about-ccp

ICYMI: Two new articles on Sources & Methods 📌Clara Kaul provides a brief history of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: https:...
07/19/2021
Sources and Methods

ICYMI: Two new articles on Sources & Methods

📌Clara Kaul provides a brief history of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/nuclear-testing-and-status-comprehensive-test-ban-treaty

📌Harry Blutstein writes on the forgotten protests of Czechoslovak gymnast Věra Čáslavská at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/forgotten-protest

📌Read any of our previous blog posts on our Blog here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blogs/sources-and-methods

Sources and Methods presents fresh archival evidence and new insights into contemporary international history.

📌EVENT: Join us today at our virtual webcast event! The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter🕒 Today, 7/12,...
07/12/2021
The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

📌EVENT: Join us today at our virtual webcast event!

The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter
🕒 Today, 7/12, 4:00-5:30, EST

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/outlier-unfinished-presidency-jimmy-carter

Pulitzer-winning historian Bird (The Good Spy) discerns much positive achievement in Carter’s one-term presidency, including airline deregulation that made flying cheap; prescient energy policies that boosted domestic energy supplies and solar power; human rights initiatives…and the Israeli-Egyp...

NEW on Sources & Methods:Starting in 1979 and lasting through most of the Iran-Iraq War, West German and Iraqi intellige...
07/06/2021
West Germany's Secret Back Channel to Iraq

NEW on Sources & Methods:

Starting in 1979 and lasting through most of the Iran-Iraq War, West German and Iraqi intelligence officials developed a backchannel that resulted in a substantial exchange between the countries. Ali Dogan reveals how and why this relationship came about and what consequences it might have had on the war with Iran.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/west-germanys-secret-back-channel-iraq

Starting in 1979 and lasting through most of the Iran-Iraq War, West German and Iraqi intelligence officials developed a backchannel that resulted in a substantial exchange between the countries. Ali Dogan reveals how and why this relationship came about and what consequences it might have had on th...

📌EVENT: Join us this week at our virtual webcast event! JUSTICE DEFERRED: RACE AND THE SUPREME COURT 🕓 THURS, 4-5:30pm E...
07/06/2021
Justice Deferred: Race & The Supreme Court

📌EVENT: Join us this week at our virtual webcast event!

JUSTICE DEFERRED: RACE AND THE SUPREME COURT
🕓 THURS, 4-5:30pm ET

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/justice-deferred-race-supreme-court

Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court by civil rights attorney Armand Derfner and historian Vernon Burton tells the story of race by laying bare the complicity of the Court, narrating how we got to where we are. “Race” is America’s most salient topic today, and the Supreme Court a close...

NEW on Sources & Methods💡Details of Operation HORIZON, a significant espionage operation carried out by the KGB against ...
06/30/2021
Operation HORIZON: A KGB Counterintelligence Operation against the West

NEW on Sources & Methods💡

Details of Operation HORIZON, a significant espionage operation carried out by the KGB against the West in 1967 and 1968, are revealed in a series of documents translated and analyzed by Filip Kovacevic.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/operation-horizon-kgb-counterintelligence-operation-against-west

Details of Operation HORIZON, a significant espionage operation carried out by the KGB against the West in 1967 and 1968, are revealed in a series of documents translated and analyzed by Filip Kovacevic.

*New Blog Post Alert!*On our blog Sources & Methods, Benjamin V. Allison takes an inside look into the Carter administra...
06/28/2021
Jimmy Carter and the Second Yemenite War: A Smaller Shock of 1979?

*New Blog Post Alert!*

On our blog Sources & Methods, Benjamin V. Allison takes an inside look into the Carter administration's policy toward the Second Yemenite War in 1979 and the establishment of the Carter Doctrine.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/jimmy-carter-and-second-yemenite-war-smaller-shock-1979

Benjamin V. Allison takes an inside look into the Carter administration's policy toward the Second Yemenite War in 1979 and the establishment of the Carter Doctrine.

06/28/2021

📌 EVENTS: Join HAPP this week at our virtual events! Information on the events and how to join are in the links below.

TODAY, June 28 @ 4:00 - 5:30pm ET

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/justice-rising-robert-kennedys-america-black-and-white

TOMORROW, June 29 @ 10:00-11:30am ET

Pax Transatlantica: America and Europe in the Post-Cold War Era
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/pax-transatlantica-america-and-europe-post-cold-war-era

See you there!

EVENT: Virtually join us for "Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo" with Teasel Muir-Harmony and As...
06/21/2021
Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo

EVENT: Virtually join us for "Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo" with Teasel Muir-Harmony and Asif Siddiqi

TODAY 4:00-5:30 ET
RSVP: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/operation-moonglow-political-history-project-apollo

On 20 July 1969, over half the world’s population witnessed Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon. While often remembered as a scientific and technological feat, the ambitions of the Apollo program aimed far beyond the Moon. Through spaceflight, America sought to win hearts and minds, foster a...

06/14/2021

EVENTS: Join HAPP this week at our virtual events! Information on the events and how to join in the links below.

TODAY, June 14th @ 4:00pm-5:30pm ET
For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/many-american-feminists-and-global-fight-democratic-equality

WED, June 16th @ 1:30pm-3:00pm ET
Alaska Native Corporations in Context: Advancing Alaska Native Peoples and Communities
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/alaska-native-corporations-context-advancing-alaska-native-peoples-and-communities

THE LATEST FROM HAPP: Check out the articles on Sources and Methods from the past week! Marco Wyss examines the key role...
06/11/2021
The Soviet-Chinese Spy Wars in the 1970s: What KGB Counterintelligence Knew, Part IV

THE LATEST FROM HAPP: Check out the articles on Sources and Methods from the past week!

Marco Wyss examines the key roles that Ivorian and Nigerian elites played in the making of Africa's postcolonial security relationship with former imperial powers:
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/search-postcolonial-security

Filip Kovacevic concludes his series of articles on Soviet counterintelligence against China, drawing on recently published Soviet KGB journals:
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/soviet-chinese-spy-wars-1970s-what-kgb-counterintelligence-knew-part-iv

Filip Kovacevic concludes his series of articles on Soviet counterintelligence against China, drawing on recently published Soviet KGB journals.

03/22/2021

Live now - Laura Robson speaks about her book "The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East" in a session of the Washington History Seminar.

WATCH NOW: To mark the 75th anniversary of Ambassador George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram," a group of renowned historians...
02/22/2021
George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram" at 75: Appraising a Critical Cold War Document

WATCH NOW: To mark the 75th anniversary of Ambassador George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram," a group of renowned historians discuss one of the most consequential foreign policy cables in US history and analyze the document from a Soviet perspective.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Ambassador George F. Kennan's "Long Telegram," the History and Public Policy Program gathered a group of renowned historians to discuss one of the most consequential foreign policy documents in US history.

LIVE WEBCAST: "Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote" with Ellen Carol DuBois, Kimberly A. Hamlin, and Marcia Chate...
10/26/2020
Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote

LIVE WEBCAST: "Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote" with Ellen Carol DuBois, Kimberly A. Hamlin, and Marcia Chatelain.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/suffrage-womens-long-battle-vote

The Surprising History of Woman Suffrage covers the extraordinary three quarters of a century of suffrage struggle, concentrating on four episodes: first, the original form of the woman suffrage constitutional amendment that called, not just for women's enfranchisement, but for the right to vote for...

Live webcast starting now! Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War wi...
10/19/2020
Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War

Live webcast starting now! Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War with Simon Miles, featuring comments by Elizabeth C. Charles and Mary Sarotte.

The received wisdom in diplomatic circles is that the beginning of the end of the Cold War came from changing policy preferences and that President Reagan in particular opted for a more conciliatory and less bellicose diplomatic approach. Simon Miles argues in Engaging the Evil Empire that Reagan an...

Join us on Friday 10/23 at 3:30pm for Germany: A Nation in its Time with Helmut Walser Smith, and discussants Charles S....
10/19/2020
Germany: A Nation in its Time

Join us on Friday 10/23 at 3:30pm for Germany: A Nation in its Time with Helmut Walser Smith, and discussants Charles S. Maier and Suzanne Marchand. RSVP at our website!

Conventionally, historians argue either that nationalists invent nations or that nationalism is an irrational form of national attachment. By contrast, Helmut Walser Smith takes the long view in his new book, Germany. A Nation in its Time, and situates nationalism within the dramatic transformations...

Join us on Monday 10/19 at 4PM for "Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Co...
10/15/2020
Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War

Join us on Monday 10/19 at 4PM for "Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War" with Simon Miles, and featuring comments from Elizabeth C. Charles and Mary Sarotte. More details and RSVP information are below.

The received wisdom in diplomatic circles is that the beginning of the end of the Cold War came from changing policy preferences and that President Reagan in particular opted for a more conciliatory and less bellicose diplomatic approach. In reality, as Simon Miles clearly demonstrates in Engaging t...

LIVE WEBCAST starting now - "Manipulating the Masses: The Roots of the Modern Government Propaganda Machine" with Jack H...
10/13/2020
Manipulating the Masses: The Roots of the Modern Government Propaganda Machine

LIVE WEBCAST starting now - "Manipulating the Masses: The Roots of the Modern Government Propaganda Machine" with Jack Hamilton and Trygve Throntveit.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/manipulating-masses-roots-modern-government-propaganda-machine

Join us for a discussion with Jack Hamilton, author of Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda (LSU Press, 2020), exploring the Great War origins of one of the most profound and enduring threats to American democracy: the systematic production and dissemination o...

The April 1986 American bombing of Libya under the Reagan Administration “marked a seminal moment in the development of ...
09/18/2020
Reagan, Rogue States, and the Problem of Terrorism

The April 1986 American bombing of Libya under the Reagan Administration “marked a seminal moment in the development of US counterterrorism strategy”, writes Matthew Frakes. Read more about how this strategy set a precedent for the Global War on Terror here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/reagan-rogue-states-and-problem-terrorism

Matthew Frakes explains how Ronald Reagan’s counterterrorism strategy against Libya laid the groundwork for the future Global War on Terror.

The expression the “Cold War” (leng zhan) never gained extensive circulation in China from the 1940s to the 1970s, write...
09/10/2020
There Never Was a Cold War China

The expression the “Cold War” (leng zhan) never gained extensive circulation in China from the 1940s to the 1970s, writes Covell Meyskens. "Cold War China" only ever existed as a semantic entity outside the PRC’s borders.

In the debate over whether the United States and China are now in the midst of a "new Cold War," Covell Meyskens writes that pundits often forget that China experienced the Cold War in a drastically different manner than the United States.

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Cold War Victory Day 1 May is designated as Cold War Victory Day which occurred in 1991. When the Cold War ended the former superpower, known as the Communist Soviet Union, relinquished freedom to 15 independent countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Many countries in the Eastern bloc that were controlled by the former Soviet Union also fought to replace their communist rule. These countries included East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and arguably, several others. 22 countries were freed from an oppressive communist regime. One of their first moves was to establish a constitution modeled after that of The USA. I know from personal experience that, to a great extent, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the independence of more than 22 countries and over 330 million people that were freed from communism was in large part due to the foreign policy and leadership of then President Ronald Reagan.
Open Society Archives and Central European University organize an online summer school on the crisis of expertise, a central topic in the debates of the last year. We extended the deadline to 19th of April 2021. The course will make connections between historical and current issues related to expertise by analyzing the genealogy of interventionist techniques and social inquiries. We will study the emergence of hybrid, policy sciences during the Cold War by analyzing the cases of sociology, (macro)economy, statistics, environmental sciences, and design. We analytically investigate the differences as well as convergences between East and West with regards to their data cultures and truth regimes in order to analyze the validity, intelligibility, and portability of scientific facts/ phenomena when being tested, communicated, appropriated across time and space. Last but not least, we shall connect the past problems of communicating science along ideological divides with current concerns of conveying valid scientific claims in a post-truth era. The summer school is offered to advanced-level undergraduate students, graduate students, junior faculty in humanities and social sciences, journalists and artists interested in writing articles or creating projects which might go beyond an academic context. There are scholarships and fee reductions. The applicants from CIVICA partners do not have to pay the summer school tax. The seven CIVICA partners are Bocconi University, Central European University, the European University Institute, the Hertie School, the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Romania, Sciences Po Paris and the Stockholm School of Economics. Theme: Confronting the Crisis of Expertise. Historical Roots and Current Challenges If you want to apply, click here: https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/confronting-the-crisis-of-expertise-2021?fbclid=IwAR1HXUx--hHJXFT_Wu8Cq8BuHU1GcCSY7C9iswpgBuq4EHPtiJpaf9pOY4U If you want to read more about the syllabus, click here: https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/sites/default/files/course_files/Syllabus_crisis%20of_%20expertise_March_2021.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1LSLKDvXgDPtyKWJQZvUkP8GepNe7Q8QEsBCU5m-aNcG5c_-1n5vGMbHo
Last days to apply! Open Society Archives and Central European University organize an online summer school on the crisis of expertise, a central topic in the debates of the last year. Our course enhances participants’ skills in analyzing the incorporation of techno and scientific knowledge into public governance and discourses. The summer school seeks to provide the tools and categories to critically assess systemic responses in times of both contested expertise and scientificization of politics. The course will make connections between historical and current issues related to expertise by analyzing the genealogy of interventionist techniques and social inquiries. We will study the emergence of hybrid, policy sciences during the Cold War by analyzing the cases of sociology, (macro)economy, statistics, environmental sciences, and design. We analytically investigate the differences as well as convergences between East and West with regards to their data cultures and truth regimes in order to analyze the validity, intelligibility, and portability of scientific facts/ phenomena when being tested, communicated, appropriated across time and space. Last but not least, we shall connect the past problems of communicating science along ideological divides with current concerns of conveying valid scientific claims in a post-truth era. The summer school is offered to advanced-level undergraduate students, graduate students, junior faculty in humanities and social sciences, journalists and artists interested in writing articles or creating projects which might go beyond an academic context. Theme: Confronting the Crisis of Expertise. Historical Roots and Current Challenges Deadline for applying: 23 March, 2021. Dates: 26-30 July 2021. https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/confronting-the-crisis-of-expertise-2021 If you want to read more about the summer school, here you have the syllabus:https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/sites/default/files/course_files/Syllabus_crisis%20of_%20expertise_March_2021.pdf
Open Society Archives and Central European University organize an online summer school on the crisis of expertise, a central topic in the debates of the last year. There are scholarships and fee reductions. We have extended the deadline. Here you have the call: Theme: Confronting the Crisis of Expertise. Historical Roots and Current Challenges Deadline for applying: 23 March, 2021. https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/confronting-the-crisis-of-expertise-2021 The course will make connections between historical and current issues related to expertise by analyzing the genealogy of interventionist techniques and social inquiries. We analytically investigate the differences as well as convergences between East and West with regards to their data cultures and truth regimes in order to analyze the validity, intelligibility, and portability of scientific facts/ phenomena when being tested, communicated, appropriated across time and space. The course is organized along three thematic tracks (topics). The first topic, Cold War and the genealogies of technologies of intervention provides the historical background for ideas concerning the production and use of science for political intervention. The Cold War gave rise to notions of expertise at the intersection of social science, corporations, and planning systems, not only in the US but in Europe as well, as discussed in the sessions under the second topic, Truth regimes / East-West data cultures. We will focus on the broader issue of social inquiry for governance purposes rather than social sciences per se, with due consideration for the specificities as well as the relationships between fields like sociology, economy, statistics, and environmental science. The third topic, Evidence-basedpolicies within East-West interactions invites students to reflect on the legacies of Cold War technologies of intervention and the uses of data for policy making and economic development in the present. The summer school is offered to advanced-level undergraduate students, graduate students, junior faculty in humanities and social sciences, journalists and artists interested in writing articles or creating projects which might go beyond an academic context. If you want to read more about the syllabus, click here:https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/sites/default/files/course_files/Course%20syllabus_0.pdf
Applications are now open for this timely CEU summer university course on "Confronting the Crisis of Expertise: Historical Roots and Current Challenges" (July 26-30, Budapest - hopefully). Deadline February 14. https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/confronting-the-crisis-of-expertise-2021?fbclid=IwAR0S0-5T8ya-us0GKjTRdbWjwNnlRnwl0E8g5TVAVuZxrI2GvRZ-_kYEGPA Financial aid available for members of OSUN and CIVICA. The course will make connections between historical and current issues related to expertise by analyzing the genealogy of interventionist techniques and social inquiries. We will study the emergence of hybrid, policy sciences during the Cold War by analyzing the cases of sociology, (macro)economy, statistics, environmental sciences, and design. We analytically investigate the differences as well as convergences between East and West with regards to their data cultures and truth regimes in order to analyze the validity, intelligibility, and portability of scientific facts/ phenomena when being tested, communicated, appropriated across time and space.
Seasons greetings! ☃ I am hosting a 1950s-themed virtual Christmas party with other Rockabilly & vintage enthusiasts around the world! 🎄 The event will happen in the 1950s Household Discord server's video chat room. We will have the following activities: • Gift-giving options • Holiday ice breakers & fun games • 'Ugly Sweater' contest • Virtual choir & karaoke • Virtual house tours; show off your Christmas lights! • Dramatic/drunk readings of a Christmas classic • Possible visit by Santa 🎅 Come prepare your best holiday foods or drinks and share them live on the server! 📷 Dress Code: Ugly sweater, 50s holiday clothes, retro-inspired fashion, dressy. NO sweats, slacks, pajamas, or looking like a 90s Grunge kid whatsoever, UNLESS it is an ugly sweater!!! 📧 RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/713994812833796
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Dear CWIHP, Among yoyr document collections is one consisting of Cuban documents regarding the country's role in Africa. The documents are all in Spanish. Seeing that someone has made lots of pen/pencil marks on the documents (before bein scanned), this makes it just about impossible to use an online translator. How much chance is there that you could translate them yourself and publish the translations online? Many thanks - Dr Leopold Scholtz, South Africa historian.