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Cold War Studies Project

Cold War Studies Project

The Cold War Studies Project (CWSP) maintains LSE IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research into the key political, social, intellectual, economic and military aspects of the Cold War, their historical origins and their contemporary repercussions. CWSP focuses on the Cold War in Europe and the Third World. 

CWSP is home to the journal Cold War History and a range of international partnerships with Cold War Studies Centres and universities across the world:

The project attracts postgraduate students, postdoctoral associates, research fellows and visiting scholars from Britain and abroad to study and research in a unique interdisciplinary environment, and work with international organisations, government institutions and other agencies world-wide.

Why Cold War Studies?

LSE IDEAS, the home of Cold War Studies, has led the way in the study of economics, social sciences and modern history on a global scale. The Cold War Studies Project employs LSE's unique potential for the study of international affairs to investigate the creation of the contemporary world through the prism of 20th century international history.

We live in an age where the present is increasingly hostage to the past. There is agreement that problems such as imperial control, terrorism, ethnic conflict, and weapons of mass destruction originated in the international history of the 20th century, but few attempts are made at studying these phenomena in their full historical and spatial context. Understanding the present international system demands an understanding of its origins, and to not make further gains in grasping the significance of the Cold War would make us less prepared for the choices we need to make today.

Project Head

Project Head: Dr. Piers Ludlow

Deputy Head: Dr Luc-André Brunet

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