The IHR Wohl Library 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.
Highlights from the Collections
Guides to Sources
- International relations and foreign policy - by countries and subjects: a bibliography on Soviet publications 1960-1978
- A reference guide to the United States Department of State special files
- The Second World War and the atomic age, 1940-1973
- Soviet disarmament policy, 1917-1963: an annotated bibliography
- Soviet foreign relations and world communism: a selected, annotated bibliography of 7000 books in 30 languages
The International Relations Collection includes a number of general reference works regarding the Cold War period as well as works on historiography. These offer a good starting point for general research.
- Cold War triumphalism: the misuse of history after the fall of communism
- Free agent: the unseen war 1941-1991
- The Longman companion to America, Russia and the Cold War
- The Cambridge History of the Cold War
- The Palgrave concise historical atlas of the Cold War
- Palgrave advances in Cold War history
- We now know: rethinking Cold War history
Diplomatic Correspondence and Papers
- Through the history of the Cold War: the Kennan-Lukacs correspondence
- Defending the West: the Truman-Churchill correspondence, 1945 – 1960
- The Wilson-Johnson correspondence, 1964-69
- My dear Mr. Stalin: the complete correspondence between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin
- Diplomatic despatches from a son to his mother
- On the front lines of the Cold War: an American correspondent’s journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam
- Canada and the early Cold War, 1943-1957
- Rivalry and alliance politics in cold war Latin America
- The Spanish Question and the Cold War. 1944-1953
- U.S. diplomatic records on relations with Yugoslavia during the early Cold War, 1948-1957
- Subterranean Britain: Cold war bunkers
- Bay of Pigs declassified: the secret CIA report on the invasion of Cuba
- The CIA and the Cold War: a memoir
- From Moscow to Cuba and beyond: a diplomatic memoir of the Cold War
- The Memoirs of Ambassador Henry F. Grady: from the Great War to the Cold War
- New world disorder: the UN after the Cold War: an insider’s view
- Operation overflight: the U-2 spy pilot tells his story for the first time
Please note that access to these resources is available onsite at the IHR, or offsite for staff and students of the IHR only.
Within IHR library
Browse collection guides to find material relevant to your particular area of interest. Additional to the International Relations collection, some others that are relevant include:
Other libraries, archives, organisations
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