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.
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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.

Michelle Paranzino writes about the wealth of materials covering Soviet-Latin American relations that are available in t...
08/25/2020
Latin America in the Russian Archives

Michelle Paranzino writes about the wealth of materials covering Soviet-Latin American relations that are available in the Russian archives.

When she began her archival research in 2011, literature on Soviet-Latin American relations was thin, outdated, and based almost entirely on published sources, so author Michelle Paranzino was surprised to hear the head archivist say “you’ll positively drown” just before she arrived in Moscow....

In the latest episode of International History Declassified, we speak with Dr. Mariana Budjeryn about the significance o...
08/25/2020
International History Declassified - Ukrainian Nuclear History and the Budapest Memorandum with Mariana Budjeryn

In the latest episode of International History Declassified, we speak with Dr. Mariana Budjeryn about the significance of the Budapest Memorandum, signed 25 years ago on the heels of the collapse of the Soviet Union and which made Ukraine one of the few countries to give up its nuclear arsenal. Dr. Budjeryn also shares fascinating insight into her experiences researching in Ukrainian archives, and interviewing Soviet generals.

In this episode of International History Declassified, Kian and Pieter speak with Dr. Mariana Budjeryn of Harvard University's Belfer Center. Dr. Budjeryn explains the significance of the Budapest Memorandum, which was signed 25 years ago on the heels of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and which m...

In September 1951, Soviet Bloc security began rolling up an extensive US espionage ring in East Germany. This American i...
08/17/2020
Betrayal in Berlin: The Riddle of the “Walter Affair”

In September 1951, Soviet Bloc security began rolling up an extensive US espionage ring in East Germany. This American intelligence disaster came to be known as the “Walter Affair,” after the cover name of one of the captured informants. Thanks to recently discovered records in American and German archives, the story behind this deadly affair can now be told, Thomas Boghardt writes.

In September 1951, Soviet Bloc security began rolling up an extensive US espionage ring in East Germany. Eventually, about 200 individuals were caught in the Soviet-East German dragnet. The Soviets sentenced many of them to lengthy prison terms and executed up to 46 in Moscow. This American intellig...

Theodor Heuss was America’s favorite German. Shortly after the US Army occupied Heidelberg, the American military govern...
08/06/2020
The Ties that Bind: Theodor Heuss and American Intelligence

Theodor Heuss was America’s favorite German. Shortly after the US Army occupied Heidelberg, the American military government appointed him minister of culture for the state of Württemberg Baden. Heuss was elected president of West Germany in 1949, but his cordial relationship with the United States may have had a covert side to it, Dr. Thomas Boghardt explains.

Theodor Heuss was America’s favorite German. Shortly after the US Army occupied Heidelberg, the American military government appointed him minister of culture for the state of Württemberg Baden. Heuss was elected president of West Germany in 1949, but his cordial relationship with the United Stat...

The Korean War continues to shape East Asia – and the world. Learn more about our resources from the Digital Archive in ...
06/18/2020
The Korean War: Collections & Resources on DigitalArchive.org

The Korean War continues to shape East Asia – and the world. Learn more about our resources from the Digital Archive in this collections guide.

June 25, 2020 marks the 70th anniversary since the start of the Korean War, a major Cold War flash point that continues to shape East Asia – and the world.

Understanding the Korean War veteran’s difficult journeys home speaks to key themes of the war and can help take the tru...
06/17/2020
Forgotten Veterans of a Forgotten War: Remembering those Who Served in the Korean War

Understanding the Korean War veteran’s difficult journeys home speaks to key themes of the war and can help take the true measure of the war’s place in American history, writes Zachary Matusheski

Understanding the Korean War veteran’s difficult journeys home speaks to key themes of the war and can help take the true measure of the war’s place in American history, writes Zachary Matusheski.

Ross Johnson writes how George Kennan disavowed his earlier advocacy of covert operations by the US, but remained proud ...
06/09/2020
George Kennan: “Father” of Free Europe Committee and American Committee for Liberation

Ross Johnson writes how George Kennan disavowed his earlier advocacy of covert operations by the US, but remained proud of his founding the Free Europe Committee, which sponsored Radio Free Europe among other programs.

In the 1970s and 1980s, George Kennan disavowed much of his earlier advocacy of covert operations by the US government, but he remained proud of his record founding the Free Europe Committee, a public-private partnership of the US government and influential Americans that sponsored Radio Free Europe...

The North Korean invasion of South Korea in June 1950 was a wake-up call to re-establish US special operations capabilit...
05/28/2020
Korean War Special Operations

The North Korean invasion of South Korea in June 1950 was a wake-up call to re-establish US special operations capabilities.

The Korean War prompted the US military establishment to realize that special operations capabilities cannot be built on a moment’s notice. They had to be maintained and nurtured in peacetime.

The UN coalition that joined the Korean War was long portrayed as 22 nations, but new research shows that 63 UN member s...
05/27/2020
The “Greater” UN Coalition during the Korean War

The UN coalition that joined the Korean War was long portrayed as 22 nations, but new research shows that 63 UN member states participated

The UN coalition that participated in the Korean War was composed of 63 nations and represented the first UN peace enforcement operation.

During Deng Xiaoping's visits to Tokyo in 1978 and 1979, the Chinese and Japanese leaderships discussed the Soviet Union...
05/20/2020
Deng Xiaoping Visits Tokyo, October 1978 and February 1979

During Deng Xiaoping's visits to Tokyo in 1978 and 1979, the Chinese and Japanese leaderships discussed the Soviet Union, Korea, Taiwan, and the "Cuba of the East," or Vietnam

Deng Xiaoping visited Tokyo in 1978 and again in 1979. The records of these visits are important for understanding Sino-Japanese relations, the rise of China, and Japan’s role in the Cold War.

In a series of blog posts, Kian Byrne surveys archives and research institutions in Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, and ...
05/20/2020
A Survey of Middle East Archives

In a series of blog posts, Kian Byrne surveys archives and research institutions in Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, and Iran.

Introducing a new HAPP series, A Survey of Middle East Archives

A breakdown in Soviet-American diplomacy in 1947 perpetuated the division of Korea and contributed greatly to the start ...
05/18/2020
Failed Diplomacy: Soviet-American Relations and the Division of Korea

A breakdown in Soviet-American diplomacy in 1947 perpetuated the division of Korea and contributed greatly to the start of the Korean War

Records from the Russian archives offer insights into the deadlock in Soviet-American negotiations over Korea in 1947 and the permanent division of the peninsula into two rival states.

Lukas Mengelkamp explains the legacy of Dieter Senghaas's 1972 book Abschreckung und Frieden, Studien zur Kritik organis...
05/15/2020
Deterrence as "Organized Peacelessness"

Lukas Mengelkamp explains the legacy of Dieter Senghaas's 1972 book Abschreckung und Frieden, Studien zur Kritik organisierter Friedlosigkeit (Deterrence and Peace, Studies on the Critique of Organized Peacelessness), and it's place in the world of German peace research.

Lukas Mengelkamp explains the legacy of Dieter Senghaas's 1972 book Abschreckung und Frieden, Studien zur Kritik organisierter Friedlosigkeit (Deterrence and Peace, Studies on the Critique of Organized Peacelessness), and it's place in the world of German peace research.

German peace research was both a product of the Cold War, especially Germany’s centrality to it, and a radical project t...
05/15/2020
Deterrence as "Organized Peacelessness"

German peace research was both a product of the Cold War, especially Germany’s centrality to it, and a radical project to transcend it, writes Lukas Mengelkamp

Lukas Mengelkamp explains the legacy of Dieter Senghaas's 1972 book Abschreckung und Frieden, Studien zur Kritik organisierter Friedlosigkeit (Deterrence and Peace, Studies on the Critique of Organized Peacelessness), and it's place in the world of German peace research.

Numerous American public organizations and Congressional delegations came Baku immediately after World War II, a sign th...
05/14/2020
American Visitors to Baku at the Dawn of the Cold War, August-September 1945

Numerous American public organizations and Congressional delegations came Baku immediately after World War II, a sign that the US was initially intent on cooperating with the USSR in the post-war period, writes Jamil Hasanli.

Numerous American public organizations and Congressional delegations came Baku immediately after World War II, a sign that the U.S. was initially intent on cooperating with the USSR in the post-war period, writes Jamil Hasanli.

For Latin American and Caribbean countries that suffered under the Cold War divide, the archive has shifted from a tool ...
05/11/2020
The Latin American Archive: From State Repression to Political Redemption

For Latin American and Caribbean countries that suffered under the Cold War divide, the archive has shifted from a tool of surveillance and repression to an institution where an individual can find political and personal redemption, René Cordero writes.

For Latin American and Caribbean countries that suffered under the Cold War divide, the archive has shifted from a tool of surveillance and repression to an institution where an individual can find political and personal redemption, René Cordero writes.

02/11/2020
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Wilson Center NOW features a discussion with Sam Wells about his new book, Fearing the Worst: How Korea Transformed the ...
12/17/2019
How Korea Transformed the Cold War: Fearing the Worst

Wilson Center NOW features a discussion with Sam Wells about his new book, Fearing the Worst: How Korea Transformed the Cold War.

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with author and Wilson Center Cold War Fellow Sam Wells on his latest book, "Fearing the Worst: How Korea Transformed the Cold War."

See the latest edition of Wilson Center NOW with Hope Harrison discussing her new book, After the Berlin Wall: Memory an...
11/14/2019
Germany 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

See the latest edition of Wilson Center NOW with Hope Harrison discussing her new book, After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present.

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with author Hope Harrison about her new book, After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present.

CWIHP is now accepting internship applications for the Spring 2020 semester. See more details and learn how to apply her...
10/17/2019
Internships with the History and Public Policy Program

CWIHP is now accepting internship applications for the Spring 2020 semester. See more details and learn how to apply here!
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/internships-the-history-and-public-policy-program

The History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) hosts interns and research assistants during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interns work on-site at the Wilson Center and support HAPP's publication and digitization efforts. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters degree progr...

Call for Papers - NATO: Past and Present, taking place at King’s College London on 6 December, 2019. Paper proposal dead...
07/12/2019
Call for Papers - NATO: Past and Present

Call for Papers - NATO: Past and Present, taking place at King’s College London on 6 December, 2019. Paper proposal deadline is 6 September, 2019.

The Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King’s College London, the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University, and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are holding a one-day conference, “NATO: Past a...

Drawing on diverse sources from around the world, Benjamin R. Young argues that Kim Il Sung inserted North Korea into th...
02/22/2019
The Origins of North Korea-Vietnam Solidarity: The Vietnam War and the DPRK

Drawing on diverse sources from around the world, Benjamin R. Young argues that Kim Il Sung inserted North Korea into the Vietnam War in order to strengthen his own international reputation and to consolidate his domestic control in this latest NKIDP Working Paper.

Drawing on diverse sources from around the world, Benjamin R. Young argues that Kim Il Sung inserted North Korea into the Vietnam War in order to strengthen his own international reputation and to consolidate his domestic control.

Check out the latest edition of Wilson Center NOW, featuring Sulmaan Wasif Khan talking about his new book "Haunted by C...
09/27/2018
Grand Strategy in China from Mao to Xi: “Haunted by Chaos”

Check out the latest edition of Wilson Center NOW, featuring Sulmaan Wasif Khan talking about his new book "Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping."

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we discuss Sulmaan Wasif Khan’s new book Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping. Khan chronicles the grand strategies pursued by China’s paramount leaders Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping and...

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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.
The Western World in the Soviet cinema during the Cold Warhttp://ejournal47.com/journals_n/1472675356.pdf
Ramasun Station, Thailand. Home of the spooks and spies of the 7th RRFS during the Vietnam War. Their stories were marked SECRET SPOKE then, but now they can be told. “Tales of Ramasun” tells some of them.
The Western World in the Soviet cinema during the Cold War. Propaganda in the World and Local Conflicts, 2014, Vol. (2), Is. 2, pp. 109-139. DOI: 10.13187/pwlc.2014.2.109 http://ejournal47.com/journals_n/1472675356.pdf Western World in the Russian Screen (1992–2015). Propaganda in the World and Local Conflicts, 2015, Vol. (3), Is. 1, pp. 32-52. DOI: 10.13187/pwlc.2015.32 http://ejournal47.com/journals_n/1472845853.pdf ‘Cinema Art’ as part of a typical model of the Soviet humanitarian journals in the Cold War times. Propaganda in the World and Local Conflicts, 2017, 4(1): 52-61. DOI: 10.13187/pwlc.2017.1.52 http://ejournal47.com/journals_n/1497684813.pdf
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