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
Cold War landscapes: towards an environmental history of US development programmes in the 1950s and 1960s
The appeal of appearing green: Soviet-American ideological competition and Cold War environmental diplomacy
Forbidden and sublime forest landscapes: narrated experiences of Latvian national partisan women after World War II

Volume 16 (3)

Fighting the red peril in the Congo. Paradoxes and perspectives on an equivocal challenge to Belgium and the West (1947–1960)
vol. 16 (3): 273-290
The CIA’s paramilitary operations during the cold war: an assessment
vol. 16 (3): 291-306
Federico Romero in response to Pierre Grosser
vol. 16 (3): 327-327

Volume 16 (2)

‘A statement against the totalitarian countries of Europe’: human rights and the early Cold War
vol. 16 (2): 125-140
On the ‘arcane modern science of Kremlinology’ or the case of the vanishing birthdays
vol. 16 (2): 141-158
‘Bitterness towards Egypt’ – the Moroccan nationalist movement, revolutionary Cairo and the limits of anti-colonial solidarity
vol. 16 (2): 159-175
The Soviet Union and the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency
vol. 16 (2): 177-193
The Cold War, the developing world, and the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 1953–1957
vol. 16 (2): 195-212
The Atomic Marshall Plan: Atoms for Peace, British diplomacy and civil nuclear power
vol. 16 (2): 213-230
Stalin, Vol. I: paradoxes of power, 1878–1928
vol. 16 (2): 231-233
Soviet Leaders and Intelligence: Assessing the American Adversary During the Cold War
vol. 16 (2): 233-234
The Battle for Mozambique: The Frelimo-Renamo Struggle, 1977–1992
vol. 16 (2): 235-237

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