The Balkans in the Cold War event at LSE IDEAS

The Balkans in the Cold War: Book Launch Discussion

The edited volume Balkans in the Cold War contains 16 contributions from renowned experts and scholars on how the global Cold War manifested in the Balkans.

The book covers five key themes: the nascent Cold War, the region’s uneasy relations with the Superpowers, military alliances, the role of culture and identity, and the dilemmas the Balkans faced in the 1970s and the 1980s.

At this event the editors spoke on these themes, with introductory comments by Professor Arne Westad and Dr Vesselin Dimitrov.

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Event recorded 28th May 2017


  • Arne Westad, Harvard
  • Vesselin Dimitrov, LSE
  • Svetozar Rajak, Associate Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Evanthis Hatzivassiliou is Professor of Post-war History at the University of Athens, Greece.
  • Konstantina E. Botsiou is Associate Professor in Modern History and International Politics at the University of the Peloponnese in Greece.