Cold War History

Cold War History is based in the Cold War Studies Centre at the London School of Economics. It aims to make available to the general public the results of recent research on the origins and development of the Cold War and its impact on nations, alliances and regions at various levels of statecraft, as well as in areas such as the military and intelligence, the economy, and social and intellectual developments. The new history of the Cold War is a fascinating example of how experts -- often working across national and disciplinary boundaries -- are able to use newly available information to refine, or in some cases destroy, old images and interpretations. Cold War History aims at publishing the best of this emerging scholarship, from a perspective that attempts to de-centre the era through paying special attention to the role of Europe and the Third World. The journal welcomes contributions from historians and representatives of other disciplines on all aspects of the global Cold War and its present repercussions.

Four issues a year.

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Latest articles

Human rights and the Cold War: the campaign to halt the Argentine 'dirty war'
Schmidli, William Michael, ONLINE EARLY
The appeal of appearing green: Soviet-American ideological competition and Cold War environmental diplomacy
Cold War landscapes: towards an environmental history of US development programmes in the 1950s and 1960s
Forbidden and sublime forest landscapes: narrated experiences of Latvian national partisan women after World War II

Volume 16 (1)

Nelson Mandela, the South African Communist Party and the origins of Umkhonto we Sizwe
vol. 16 (1): 1-18
‘A great list of potential mistakes’: NATO, Africa, and British efforts to limit the Global Cold War
vol. 16 (1): 19-36
Plausibly deniable: mercenaries in US covert interventions during the Cold War, 1964–1987
vol. 16 (1): 37-60
‘I think we cannot refuse the order’: Britain, America, nuclear non-proliferation, and the Indian Jaguar deal, 1974–1978
vol. 16 (1): 61-81
The post-Stalin Komsomol and the Soviet fight for Third World youth
vol. 16 (1): 83-100
Past, present, and future: the role of the Cold War in legitimising Danish foreign policy activism
vol. 16 (1): 101-120
Books Received
vol. 16 (1): 121-124

Volume 15 (4)

European Summer School 2013 Best Paper Prize Winner A ‘Cold War European’? Helmut Schmidt and European integration, c.1945–1982
vol. 15 (4): 427-447
The steering of the press in the socialist states of Eastern Europe: the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as a case study
vol. 15 (4): 449-470
Commemoration of a cold war: the politics of history and heritage at Cold War memory sites in Denmark
vol. 15 (4): 471-490
No longer a client, not yet a partner: the US–Iranian alliance in the Johnson years
vol. 15 (4): 491-509
A matter of western civilisation: transnational support for the Salvadoran counterrevolution, 1979–1982
vol. 15 (4): 511-531
Shifting political calculation: the secret Taiwan-Soviet talks, 1963–1971
vol. 15 (4): 533-556
Re-thinking normalisation between the ROK and the PRC in the early 1990s: the South Korean perspective
vol. 15 (4): 557-578
Group Review: From Sideshow to Centre Stage: The Middle East in the Middle Cold War
vol. 15 (4): 579-586
America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War
vol. 15 (4): 586-589