Cold War History in the Institute of Historical Research Library

The Cold War was a state of political and military tension after World War II between powers in the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies and others) and powers in the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its satellite states). Historians do not fully agree on the dates, but a common timeframe is the period between 1947, the year the Truman Doctrine (a U.S. policy pledging to aid nations threatened by Soviet expansionism) was announced, and 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed.

The IHR holds a significant amount of material relating to the Cold War period within the International Relations collection. The collection covers a broad timespan and encompasses a diverse range of source material. Memoirs, diplomatic correspondence, theses, biographies and political journals all offer a wealth of fascinating material on the subject of the Cold War. 

Mao Zedong, Zhang Yufeng et Richard Nixon


General works

Cold war books in the Wohl Library (general works)

The collection includes a number of general reference works regarding the Cold War period. These offer a good starting point for general research. 

Diplomatic correspondence

John Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev 1961


Individual powers/ states

Bundesarchiv Bild 173-1282, Berlin, Brandenburger Tor, Wasserwerfer


Yalta conference Churchill Stalin Roosevelt

Electronic resources and periodicals

A full list of our electronic resources is available at Below are a few examples of resources that could be useful for this subject (most are available onsite in the IHR or via subscription only):

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