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Contemporary International History and the Global Cold War

International History Research Cluster

The group discusses research on the Cold War as a global history of the conflict that took place between 1945 and 1990. The research agenda is far broader than diplomatic, military, and intelligence histories of the conflict. This agenda span across cultural landscapes, transnational history of “border-crossings,” ideological currents and propaganda, economic developments, impact of international finances, exploration of political persecution, refugees, gender-related issues, and more.

The members of the Cluster include several board members of Cold War History, an influential quarterly that publishes scholarship in the field. They also engaged with the research seminars HY509 and HY510.
 
The main objectives of the cluster are to share information among faculty members and across the School, improve supervision of doctoral students, spot innovative works-in-progress, and arrange discussions with their authors.

Spokesperson: Dr Pete Millwood

Keywords: Cold War, United States, Soviet Union, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, communism, culture, decolonisation, diplomacy, gender, human rights, identity, intelligence, integration, modernisation, natural resources, nuclear weapons, race, solidarity, war.

Faculty Members

Alvandi3

Dr Roham Alvandi
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Iran; Modern Middle East; Cold War



Ashton

Professor Nigel Ashton
Professor of International History

Research interests:
Anglo-American Relations; Modern Middle-East



Una Bergmane

Dr Una Bergmane
LSE Teaching Fellow

Research interests:
Cold War; Soviet Union; US foreign policy; Baltic states; Transnational Memory



Dr Megan Black

Dr Megan Black
Assistant Professor

Research interests:
US and the World; Environmental History; Political Economy; Nineteenth and Twentieth Century US History



Harmer

Dr Tanya Harmer
Associate Professor
*on leave from 5 November 2018 for the rest of 2018-19*

Research Interests:
Latin America; Cold War



matthewjones

Professor Matthew Jones
Professor of International History

Research interests:
British Foreign and Defence Policy since the Second World War; Nuclear History during the Cold War; Vietnam War; British Decolonisation and South East Asia; US Foreign Relations since 1941; Anglo-American Relations



Professor Piers Ludlow

Professor N. Piers Ludlow
Professor of International History

Research interests:
Western Europe since 1945; European Integration; Cold War Transatlantic Relations; Britain in the EC/EU



millwood

Dr Pete Millwood
LSE Teaching Fellow

Research interests:
Chinese International History; Transnational History; US-China Relations; Cold War



rajak

Dr Svetozar Rajak
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Cold War; Eastern Europe; Balkans



Spohr

Dr Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Germany after 1945; Cold War Summitry; the Global Ending of the Cold War; Theory and Practice of Contemporary History



Zubok1

Professor Vladislav Zubok
Professor of International History

Research interests:
Cold War; 20th-Century Russia

PhD Students

Events

2019-20:

2018-19:

  • 9 May 2019: Sergey Radchenko (Cardiff University), a talk about his upcoming book The Second fiddle. The USSR, China, and the United States in the Cold War (Cambridge University Press)
  • 8 May 2019: Professor John Ikenberry (Princeton and Oxford), Professor Vladislav Zubok (LSE International History), Professor Mary Kaldor (LSE International Development), Professor Peter Trubowitz (LSE International Relations): Roundtable: "From the 'End of History' to the Crisis of the Liberal Order: Rethinking the End of the Cold War".
  • 3 May 2019: Dr Victoria Phillips: Tour of the Victoria & Albert Dior exhibit for students, faculty and staff. Dior was featured at the 1959 Exhibition in Moscow - home of the Kitchen Debate - and had other diplomatic connections to Cold War exchange.
  • 1 March 2019: Dr Victoria Phillips: Tour of the Tate Modern for students to discuss modern art in the Cold War

2017-18:

Selected publications

Research grants

Dr Una Bergmane received the Emerging Scholar Grant from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (USA) in 2018.

Dr Victoria Phillips received the Harriman Institute Publication Grant in 2017. 

Dr Kristina Spohr is researching and writing on the global exit from the Cold War 1989 – 1992 with the financial support of the Leverhulme Trust. She is the 2018-19 Inaugural Helmut Schmidt Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Washington DC.