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The LSE Cold War Podcast

The LSE Cold War Podcast tackles the big questions around the conflict that made our contemporary world: The Cold War.

Every fortnight, Jack Basu-Mellish interviews scholars from LSE, a leading global centre for the development of Cold War Studies, and beyond. Unpacking the history of the decades-long global conflict, the LSE Cold War Podcast examines the past, present, and future of Cold War history in conversation with some of the leading scholars in the field.

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  • Episode 2: Professor Kristina Spohr - Fall of the USSRProfessor Spohr is one of the world's leading experts on both Cold War Germany and the end point of the Cold War. This week on the Cold War Podcast we tackle the latter. Discussing ideas from her recent work "Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World the World After 1989" we discuss the final years of the Soviet Union, what led to its collapse, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, and how the events of 1991 built the world we are living in today. Click here to listen to the episode.

  • Episode 1: Professor Arne Westad - A Global Cold War. On our inaugural episode of the LSE Cold War Studies Podcast, Jack Basu-Mellish interviews Professor Arne Westad, one of the world’s leading historians of the Cold War. Arne Westad is Founding Director of LSE IDEAS, a world leading think tank which began as the LSE Cold War Studies Centre in 2004. He is now the Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University. He has published numerous highly influential books on the Cold War, expanding the discipline’s breadth of understanding, including The Global Cold War and The Cold War: A World History. Listen to Episode 1 with Arne Westad here.