Reassessing Cold War Europe

AUTIO-SARASMO, Sari, et MIKLÓSSY, Katalin, Reassessing Cold War Europe, Londres : Routedge, octobre 2010, 234 p.

This book presents a comprehensive reassessment of Europe in the Cold War period, 1945-91. Contrary to popular belief, it shows that relations between East and West were based not only on confrontation and mutual distrust, but also on collaboration. The authors reveal that – despite opposing ideologies – there was in fact considerable interaction and exchange between different Eastern and Western actors (such states, enterprises, associations, organisations and individuals) irrespective of the Iron Curtain.

This book challenges both the traditional understanding of the East-West juxtaposition and the relevancy of the Iron Curtain. Covering the full period, and taking into account a range of spheres including trade, scientific-technical co-operation, and cultural and social exchanges, it reveals how smaller countries and smaller actors in Europe were able to forge and implement their agendas within their own blocs. The books suggests that given these lower-level actors engaged in mutually beneficial cooperation, often running counter to the ambitions of the bloc-leaders, the rules of Cold War interaction were not, in fact, exclusively dictated by the superpowers.

Table of contents:

Introduction: The Cold War from a New Perspective – Sari Autio-Sarasmo and Katalin Miklóssy

  1. The Soviet Union’s Acquisition of Western Technology after Stalin: Some Thoughts on People and Connections – Philip Hanson
  2. Economic Interest in Soviet Post-War Policy on Finland – Tatiana Androsova
  3. CoCom and Neutrality: Western Export Control Policies, Finland and the Cold War, 1949–1958 – Niklas Jensen-Eriksen
  4. Knowledge through the Iron Curtain – Soviet Scientific-Technical Cooperation with Finland and West Germany – Sari Autio-Sarasmo
  5. Learning from the French: The Modernisation of Soviet Winemaking, 1956-1961 – Jeremy Smith
  6. Soft Contacts through the Iron Curtain – Riikka Nisonen-Trnka
  7. Internal Transfer of Cybernetics and Informality in the Soviet Union: The Case of Lithuania – Eglė Rindzevičiūtė
  8. New Advantages of Old Kinship Ties. Finnish–Hungarian Interactions in the 1970s – Katalin Miklóssy
  9. Soviet Women, Cultural Exchange and the Women’s International Democratic Federation – Melanie Ilic
  10. Overcoming Cold War Boundaries at the World Youth Festivals – Pia Koivunen
  11. Room to Manoeuvre? National Interests and Coalition-Building in the CMEA, 1969–1974 – Suvi Kansikas

Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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