Cold War History journal

Cold War History Journal

The Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS houses the journal Cold War History, co-edited with other centres of excellence in Europe and 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.

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


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


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

Eirini Karamouzi - Sheffield University

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

Luc-André Brunet - Open University, UK

Lindsay Aqui - University of Cambridge, UK

Managing Editors

Molly Avery - LSE, UK

Eline van Ommen - LSE, UK

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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