The People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s drive to fully participate in the world economy has roots in the 1950s.

Last 4 March, on the opening day of the China’s annual National People’s Congress, Premier Li Keqiang affirmed, "We will ... oppose protectionism in its different forms [and] become more involved in global governance." The speech came less than two months after President Xi Jinping’s "robust defence of globalisation" and free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos – which some have taken as a sign that "the world has turned upside down". China’s strong will to participate fully in trade cooperation and global governance was first formalised when the PRC became…continue reading →

Trabants, Ampelmännchen, and Soviet Beer: Exploring Historical Nostalgia in the Post-Cold War World

On the eve of 9 November 2014 thousands of Germans gathered on the world stage in what was a momentous occasion. In evoking a distant memory, the celebratory occupation of the Brandenburg Gate that night seemed all too familiar to the witnesses of the volatile events of 1989. Whilst the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall appeared to embody the once-envisioned national community, I discuss how, hidden beneath the wave of celebration, many East Germans felt disillusioned with the birth of a reunified Germany after 1990. By reappraising their former…continue reading →
Understanding The Cold War As An Imaginary War

Understanding The Cold War As An Imaginary War

The Cold War began as a metaphor. It was an analogy that used temperature to indicate a state of conflict just short of an actual 'hot' war. When George Orwell coined the term 'Cold War' in his article in Tribune on 19 October 1945, he situated the genealogy of this new type of conflict in the connections between democratisation, empire-building and weapons technology. Military weapons, Orwell knew, are an instrument of power well beyond their actual use on the battlefield. And as only a limited number of countries might be able to harness the…continue reading →

Federico Romero Podcast

On the 2nd of May, the Cultures of the Cold War were proud to host Federico Romero who is a Professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration, from the University of Florence. The talk was held at the showroom located in the Sheffield city centre and was delivered to a selection of University of Sheffield History students and members of the History department. Romero discussed the rise of globalisation in the late 20th century and related this to the literature on the Cold War, whilst simultaneously focusing on the role of Europe…continue reading →
Deutschland 83: Is the Cold War becoming Cool?

Deutschland 83: Is the Cold War becoming Cool?

One of the aims of our network is to explore the various representations of the Cold War and how it is portrayed in popular culture. This review of Deutschland 83 by Tom Soden, a third year History student at the University of Sheffield, exemplifies how the Cold War is still characterised in contemporary popular television as an ideological and bipolar conflict. Tom specialises in the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and his academic experience of the period motivated him to write this short review, commenting on what Deutschland 83 really says about the history of the Cold War.…continue reading →

Cold War Cities Workshop

  We're really excited to have our schedule for the Cold War Cities workshop that we are proudly hosting on the 27th-28th May. If you have any questions regarding the event please do not hesitate to contact us via our email address, or alternatively you can find us on Twitter where we will regularly tweet out updates for the workshop.    coldwarcultures@sheffield.ac.uk @CulturesColdWar    continue reading →

Rethinking the Cold War: Distinguished Visiting Speaker series

This exciting new initiative is a collaboration between the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS and the Cold War Cultures network at the University of Sheffield, two leading centres in the UK for the study of the Cold War. This lecture series will bring prominent academics to present their latest research on the Cold War at both universities. Drawing on a range of approaches, including political, social, cultural, and social aspects of the Cold War, this initiative aims to deepen our understanding of the Cold War and to foster fruitful intellectual exchange both within the UK and internationally.…continue reading →
PODCAST: Penny Von Eschen

PODCAST: Penny Von Eschen

“Rebooting the Cold War: Western Triumphalism and the Foreign Policy of Popular Culture,” Penny Von Eschen launched our lecture series on the 29th February with a talk on the ways video games like 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' promote foreign policy agendas and induce a biased perspective on U.S-Russian relations into popular culture. We were really pleased to open our lecture series with such an invigorating talk from Penny and to see how the nature of U.S-Russian relations has developed from the end of the Cold War, and how the collaboration between these gaming…continue reading →
“For Our Country” – An Appeal to the Citizens of the GDR

“For Our Country” – An Appeal to the Citizens of the GDR

"I experienced the unimaginable become true" - Ulrike Poppe (Frauen für den Frieden, Initiative für Frieden und Menschenrechte), one of the first signatories of the For Our Country statement. Intro to the For Our Country Statement On the 26th November, just over two weeks after the Berlin Wall opened, 31 East Germans signed the Für Unser Land statement. It was an appeal to all East Germans to consider the position of the GDR, and whether the country should slide towards unification with West Germany, or remain independent. The statement was read out by…continue reading →