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Cold War History Journal

Cold War History Journal

The Cold War Studies Project houses and co-edits with other centres of excellence in Europe, the journal Cold War History - published by Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, four times a year. 

About the journal

As the Cold War ended in the early 1990s, scholars of contemporary international affairs started taking a new look at the basic conflicts that had dominated the latter part of the twentieth century. Over the last 25 years, a new historical literature on the Cold War era has come into being, greatly helped by the increase in access to archives and other source materials across the world.

"The new history of the Cold War is a fascinating example of how experts are able to use newly available information to refine, or in some cases destroy, old images and interpretations."

Cold War History aims to make available to the general public the results of this 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.

Special Subject Collections - Free to Read

Cold War History takes pride in the excellent research presented in the journal to illuminate new aspects of the history of the Cold War. These special subject collections are being brought out to highlight this work and make it available to new audiences.

The articles have been published over the life of the journal, and have been selected to emphasise the different approaches presented in the journal. They are now freely available and in electronic form.

Special Issues

Cold War History publishes regular special issues with articles focusing on a single theme. Browse previous special issues:


The journal welcomes contributions from historians and representatives of other disciplines on all aspects of the global Cold War and its present repercussions.

Please read the instructions for authors to ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly and note that articles must be submitted online via Manuscript Central.

For further queries, you can contact the managing editors at cwh@lse.ac.uk.


  • Roham Alvandi - LSE
  • Michael Cox - LSE
  • James Ellison - Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Jussi M. Hanhimäki - Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tanya Harmer - LSE
  • Beatrice Heuser - University of Reading, UK
  • Matthew Jones - LSE
  • Ann Lane - King's College London, UK
  • Lori Maguire - School of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Paris 8, France
  • Olav Njølstad   - The Norwegian Nobel Institute, Norway
  • Leopoldo Nuti - Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies, Universita Roma Tre, Italy
  • N. Piers Ludlow - LSE
  • Christian F. Ostermann - Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA
  • Sue Onslow - School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK
  • Svetozar Rajak - LSE
  • Linda Risso – Institute of Historical Research
  • Odd Arne Westad - S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Vladislav Zubok - LSE

Book Review Editors

Managing Editors

  • Lindsay Aqui - Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Bastiaan Bouwman - LSE

Advisory Board

  • Csaba Békés - Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Hungary
  • Richard Crockatt - University of East Anglia, UK
  • Anne Deighton - University of Oxford, UK
  • Jonathan Fenby - Trusted Sources, UK
  • Lawrence Freedman - King's College, London (co-chair), UK
  • John Lewis Gaddis - Yale University, USA
  • Jonathan Haslam - University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Evanthis Hatzivassiliou, University of Athens Greece
  • Seppo Hentilä - University of Helsinki, Finland
  • James G. Hershberg - George Washington University, USA
  • David Holloway - Stanford University, USA
  • Lawrence Kaplan - Georgetown University, USA
  • John Kent - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Wilfried Loth - University of Essen, Germany
  • Vojtech Mastny - Woodrow Wilson Institute, Washington DC, USA
  • Timothy Naftali - University of Virginia, USA
  • Mikhail Narinsky - Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia
  • Niu Jun - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, PRC
  • Andrzej Paczkowski - Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Ronald W. Pruessen - University of Toronto, Canada
  • David Reynolds - University of Cambridge, UK
  • Georges-Henri Soutou - Sorbonne, France
  • Maurice Vaïsse - Centre for Studies of Defense History, Paris, France
  • Antonio Varsori - University of Florence, Italy
  • Natalia Yegorova - Institute of General History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • John W. Young - Nottingham University, UK
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