The End of the Cold War – 25 Years On Cold War History

Cold War History

Excerpt from the General Introduction by Michael Cox

No single event after World War II was to generate as much controversy amongst historians as the origins of the Cold War. But it was not until the 1960s that many in the West began to question the hitherto unchallenged notion that the key reason for the conflict was that decidedly expansionist, distinctly totalitarian anti-body known as the Soviet Union. Then something rather extraordinary happened. The old consensus gave way to an altogether different narrative – not because of any new archival discovery but quite simply because the world had changed: in part because of America’s increasingly contested intervention into Vietnam; in part because of the growth of a distinct counter-culture in the West; and in part because the old idea of a monolithic and unified communist threat to the ‘great globe itself’ no longer made much sense. And inevitably, as the world changed, so too did the way that many historians wrote about the Cold War.  Read more…

Cold War History takes pride in the excellent research presented in the journal to illuminate new aspects of the history of the Cold War. This special subject collection focuses on the end of the Cold War, 25 years on. The articles have been published over the life of the journal, and are now freely available and in electronic form.

Routledge Books - Remembering the Cold War

Remembering the Cold War

David Lowe, Tony Joel

'Lowe and Joel’s thematic approach to remembrance of the Cold War provides an important, and hitherto overlooked, lens upon the epoch defining contest: seemingly ubiquitous, the differing national experiences of the Cold War are expertly considered.' Dr J. Simon Rofe, SOAS, University of London

Remembering the Cold War examines how, more than two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cold War legacies continue to play crucial roles in defining national identities and shaping international relations around the globe. Given the Cold War’s blurred definition – it has neither a widely accepted commencement date nor unanimous conclusion - what is to be remembered? This book illustrates that there is, in fact, a huge body of ‘remembrance,’ and that it is more pertinent to ask: what should be included and what can be overlooked?