Late Cold War Tandems: Solidarities and Anxieties of the 1980s

Late Cold War Tandems: Solidarities and Anxieties of the 1980s

Chernobyl. Photo taken by Stefan Krasowski 27.10.2013. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of 'tandem history' (Kate Brown) as a transnational approach in new research on the final decade of the Cold War. The period was marked not only by the renewal of superpower tensions, but also by new concerns that poorly fit the Cold War framework and which have remained with us since the collapse of the binary order. We will thus examine some of the key issues of the 1980s, such as how state institutions and civil…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 →
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 →
“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 →