Cold War History journal

Cold War History Journal

The Cold War Studies Project at the Department of International History 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

Cold War History publishes the very best research and emerging scholarship on all aspects of the global Cold War and its legacies. The journal’s editorial board is open to manuscripts written from any historical approach based on empirical historical research. Articles must draw on primary sources such as those from official archives, non-state archives, private collections, cultural outputs, or oral histories. The journal encourages all histories of the Cold War including cultural, diplomatic, political, social and transnational histories. It is particularly interested in research that attempts to de-centre the era and pays special attention to the role of Europe and the Global South.

Submissions which use sources and secondary literature in multiple languages are especially welcome, as are those written by scholars whose first language is not English. To that end, Cold War History is seeking to increase the representation of scholars for whom English is not their first language and offers enhanced editing services for promising submissions from such scholars.

In addition to research articles, Cold War History also publishes book reviews and other short form pieces: archival guides and reflections on documents and methods, under ‘ Research Notes’; and roundtables and essays on the state of the field, under ‘ Conversations on Cold War History’.

Cold War History is based in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. For further information, please contact the Managing Editors at Please note however that all submissions should be made online at the Cold War History Scholar One Manuscripts site. All research articles published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

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

Editorial Board

Roham Alvandi - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Michael Cox - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
James Ellison - Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Jussi M. Hanhimäki - Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Tanya Harmer -  London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Elizabeth Ingleson - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Matthew Jones -  London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Sara Lorenzini - University of Trento, Italy
N. Piers Ludlow - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK 
Lori Maguire - University of Reims, France
Olav Njølstad - The Norwegian Nobel Institute, Norway
Leopoldo Nuti -  Roma Tre University, Italy
Sue Onslow - School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK
Christian F. Ostermann - Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA
Svetozar Rajak - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Jayita Sarkar - University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Candace Clare Sobers - Carleton University, Canada
Odd Arne Westad - Elihu Professor of History, Yale University, USA
Qingfei Yin - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Vladislav Zubok - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK


Book Review Editors

Molly Pucci - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Lindsay Aqui - University of Westminster, UK

Managing Editors

Chloë Mayoux - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Marral Shamshiri-Fard - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Advisory Board

Csaba Békés - Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Alexander Chubarian - Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

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

Jonathan Haslam - University of Cambridge, UK

Evanthis Hatzivassiliou -  University of Athens, Greece

James G. Hershberg - George Washington University, USA

Wilfried Loth - University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Vojtech Mastny - Woodrow Wilson Institute, Washington DC, USA

Timothy Naftali - University of Virginia, USA

Niu Jun - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, PRC China

Andrzej Paczkowski - Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

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

Former Members

  • John Lewis Gaddis
  • Seppo Hentilä
  • David Holloway
  • John Kent
  • Mikhail Narinsky
  • Ronald Pruessen
  • David Reynolds
  • Eirini Karamouzi
  • Beatrice Heuser
  • Ann Lane
  • Linda Risso