Map of Europe during the Cold War

European Summer School on Cold War History

A unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy.

An excellent idea. All the papers were well chosen and its interesting to learn from other students' research. Everything was very well organised…I will highly recommend it to other PhD students.

Student, 2011

A joint initiative between European institutions studying the Cold War, the summer school convenes each year in early September. The school has a very high student to faculty ratio (2:1) allowing participants to have in depth discussions about their research with established scholars in the field.

The call for papers is issued each year around January. PhD students and early career researchers (no more than 3 years from PhD completion) are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined, with a particular interest in papers that make use of newly available primary sources and innovative methodologies.

Summer Schools

  • 9th Summer School, 2017: SciencesPo, Reims Campus, France
  • 8th Summer School, 2016: University of Vienna, Austria
  • 7th Summer School, 2015: Rome, Italy
  • 6th Summer School, 2014: Università di Trento, Italy
  • 5th Summer School, 2013: Università di Trento, Italy
  • 4th Summer School, 2012: Università di Trento, Italy
  • 3rd Summer School, 2011: Universita di Padova, Italy
  • 2nd Summer School, 2010: Universita di Bologna (Flori), Italy.
  • 1st Summer School, 2009: Villa Morghen, Settignano, Italy


The number of partners collaborating on the European Summer School on Cold War History has expanded since the first summer school. The current partners are:

  • Università Roma Tor Vergata
  • Università Roma Tre
  • Società Geografica Italiana
  • European University Institute (Florence)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • University of Trento
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Vienna


The faculty includes prominent scholars, among others:

  • Sara Lorenzini (Università di Trento)
  • Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia)
  • Piers Ludlow (LSE)
  • Leopoldo Nuti (Università Roma Tre)
  • Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po)
  • Silvio Pons (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
  • Oliver Rathkolb (Universität Wien)
  • Federico Romero (EUI)
  • Antonio Varsori (Università di Padova)
  • Vladislav Zubok (LSE)