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

Volume 18 (1)

“Neither too much nor too little” France, the USSR and the Helsinki CSCE
vol. 18 (1): 1-17
‘Cruising toward nuclear danger’: Canadian anti-nuclear activism, Pierre Trudeau’s peace mission, and the transatlantic partnership
vol. 18 (1): 19-36
‘Playing Cold War politics’: the cold war in Anglo-Kenyan relations in the 1960s
vol. 18 (1): 37-54
Hating America? Great Britain and the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
vol. 18 (1): 55-71
From the Sands of the Ogaden to Black Hawk Down: The End of the Cold War in the Horn of Africa
vol. 18 (1): 73-89
Red Christmases: the Sandinistas, indigenous rebellion, and the origins of the Nicaraguan civil war, 1981–82
vol. 18 (1): 91-107

Volume 17 (4)

Editorial Board
vol. 17 (4): 0-0
North Korea and Zimbabwe, 1978–1982: from the strategic alliance to the symbolic comradeship between Kim Il Sung and Robert Mugabe
vol. 17 (4): 329-349
Overlapping rivalries: the two Germanys, Israel and the Cold War
vol. 17 (4): 351-366
China and Albania: the Cultural Revolution and Cold War Relations
vol. 17 (4): 367-383
Solidarity within limits: Interkit and the evolution of the Soviet Bloc’s Indochina policy, 1967–1985
vol. 17 (4): 385-403
Soviet Public Diplomacy in China: “Small Steps” towards Bilateral Rapprochement (1978–1985)
vol. 17 (4): 405-423
From imperial revenants to Cold War victims: ‘red repatriates’ from the Soviet Union and the making of the new Japan, 1949–1952
vol. 17 (4): 425-442
Dealing with dictators: the United States, Hungary, and East Central Europe, 1942–1989
vol. 17 (4): 443-445
Nixon’s Nuclear Spectre: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War
vol. 17 (4): 445-448
Hearts, Minds, Voices: US Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World
vol. 17 (4): 448-450

Volume 17 (3)

Italian Public Opinion in the Atomic Age: Mass-market Magazines Facing Nuclear Issues (1963–1967)
vol. 17 (3): 205-221
Italian Public Opinion in the Atomic Age: Mass-market Magazines Facing Nuclear Issues (1963–1967)
vol. 17 (3): 205-221
The five hats of Nina Ponomareva: sport, shoplifting and the Cold War
vol. 17 (3): 223-239