Poland and Western Germany, 1966-1976

JARZĄBEK, Wanda, Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa wobec polityki wschodniej Republiki Federalnej Niemiec w latach 1966-1976 [The Polish People’s Republic vis-à-vis the Federal Republic of Germany’s Eastern Policy, 1966–1976 The bilateral and international dimensions], Varsovie: Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN, 2011, 529 p.


Part I. Apprehension and hopes

  • Chapter 1. The turnabout in the FRG’s Eastern politics and the PPR’s response
  • Chapter 2. The PRP’s foreign policy and the FRG’s Ostpolitik, 1967–1968
  • Chapter 3. PPR foreign policy dilemmas, 1968–1969
  • Chapter 4. Negotiations on the signing of the Warsaw Treaty

Part II. Disappointments and successes

  • Chapter 5. From the signing of the Warsaw Treaty to the establishment of diplomatic relations
  • Chapter 6. Difficult dialogue
  • Chapter 7. Normalisation of bilateral relations and the PPR’s international activity
  • Chapter 8. The closing of the second stage of the normalisation of relationships between the PPR and FRG

 Introduction and presentation: http://www.php.isn.ethz.ch/documents/Summary.pdf (translated by Mariusz Kukliński)

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Journal of Modern European History (9/2, printemps 2011)

Dossier «European Responses to the Crisis of the 1970s and 1980s», Journal of Modern European History, vol. 9, cahier 2, printemps 2011


Die 1970er und 1980er Jahre gelten als eine wichtige Zäsur in der neuesten europäischen Geschichte. Längerfristige sozio-kulturelle Wandlungsprozesse koinzidierten mit kurzfristigen Krisenschüben infolge ökonomischer Veränderungen. Fünf Beiträge gehen der Frage nach, wie die europäischen Demokratien auf die Herausforderungen der Krise reagierten.  In Großbritannien ging es um die Überwindung der “englischen Krankheit” durch Thatchers Neoliberalismus; Schweden und Deutschland suchten nach Rezepten der Kontinuität, um den traditionellen Wohlfahrtsstaat zu erhalten und zu regenerieren; in Frankreich und Italien wurde die politische Linke von der Krise in besonderem Maße getroffen, was teilweise zur Neufiguration des Parteiensystems führte. Schließlich zeigt das Beispiel Ungarns, wie stark die Krise der Epoche auch die Transformation der kommunistischen Staaten vorantrieb.

Jörg Baberowski: «Criticism as Crisis, or why the Soviet Union Still Collapsed»


  • Andreas Wirsching et Marc Lazar: «European Responses to the Crisis of the 1970s and 1980s»
  • Andreas Wirsching: «European Responses to the Crisis of the 1970s and 1980s Introductory Remarks»
  • Dominik Geppert: «Der Thatcher-Konsens. Der Einsturz der britischen Nachkriegsordnung in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren»
  • Winfried Süß: «Umbau am `Modell Deutschland’. Sozialer Wandel, ökonomische Krise und wohlfahrtsstaatliche Reformpolitik in der Bundesrepublik “nach dem Boom”»
  • Marc Lazar: «La gauche et le défi des changements dans les années 70-80. Les cas français et italien»
  • Attila Melegh: «Living to Ourselves: Localizing Global Hierarchies in State Socialist Hungary in the 1970s and 1980s»

Rédaction : Jörn Leonhard (joern.leonhard@frias.uni-freiburg.de), FRIAS – School of History, Universität Freiburg, 79085 Freiburg

Site Web: http://www.chbeck.de/trefferliste.aspx?toc=3434

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20th Century Youth Organizations and International Relations

Adolescent Ambassadors: 20th Century Youth Organizations and International Relations

23-24 mars 2012, Washington

Date limite: 31 octobre 2011



This workshop seeks to add to the burgeoning historiography on non-state actors in international relations by focusing on youth and youth organizations. Parallel to the proliferation of inter- and transnational organizations around the turn of the century, Western scientists invented the concept of adolescence to demarcate an intermediate period between childhood and adulthood. The contention that adolescence was an unstable life phase, a developmental stage marked by extreme vitality and insecurity, persuaded policymakers across borders to establish domestic institutions designed to shape, educate, and improve an allegedly erratic youth. But the scientific and social construction of adolescence did not have implications for national reform alone. Innovations in transportation and communication allowed youngpeople to journey across nations and continents as never before. Moreover, characterizations and self-characterizations of youth as adventurous, transgressive, and idealistic molded their image as vanguards of a new generation of globally connected citizens.

Nowhere did the anxieties and aspirations related to growing up in a modern world become more palpable than in the spread of adult-led youth organizations like the Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, the Red Cross Youth, 4-H, or the Communist Pioneers. Although most of these organizations pledged allegiance to distinct ideologies and national communities, they were enmeshed in webs of global and intercultural exchange. Their “diplomatic” activities not only overlapped increasingly with those of national foreign policy elites. Major international institutions such as the League of Nations and the United Nations also forged ties with prominent youth organizations that proved mutually beneficial. Political education, leisure, labor, citizenship training, mobility, national regeneration, and international politics converged in these border-crossing youth movements, with profound ramifications for how young people from different societies viewed themselves, each other, and the world they would both help make and inherit.

We invite contributions that address the nexus of youth and international relations from western as well as non-western viewpoints. Chronologically, the workshop stretches from the high tides of Euro-American imperialism to the end of the Cold War. Methodologically, it wants to spawn a productive dialogue among historians of international relations and of youth and childhood. We are particularly interested in proposals that trace the impact of youth organizations on the modern international order by employing analytical categories as diverse as gender, race, empire, class, ethnicity,sexuality, leisure, education, state politics, cultural diplomacy, and age.

Possible workshop topics should connect youth and youth organizations to foreign policy, international institutions, political ideologies, totalitarianism, the Cold War, decolonization, capitalism, religion, popular culture, tourism, environmentalism, consumption, sports, student exchange, and transnational biographies.

Please send a proposal of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to Bärbel Thomas (b.thomas@ghi-dc.org).

The deadline for submission is October 31, 2011. Participants will be notified by the end of November. The workshop, held in English, will focus on discussing 6,000-8,000-word, pre-circulated papers (due February 15, 2011). We intend to publish the contributions. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered.

Conveners: Mischa Honeck (German Historical Institute) and Gabriel Rosenberg (Duke University)

Website: http://www.ghi-dc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1183&Itemid=1043

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Protests Movement in Italy and Europe in the Last Decades of the Cold War

Protests Movement in Italy and Europe in the Last Decades of the Cold War

28 novembre 2011, 15h00-19h30




Welcome: Valerio Augusto Strinati (Biblioteca del Senato – Roma)

Chair: Silvio Pons (Università di Roma – Tor Vergata)

Panel 1:

  • Kacper SZULECKI (Konstanz Universität): “Glocalizing Peace in a Divided Europe”. The Transnational Dimensions of Czechoslovak and Polish Peace Activism in the 1980s
  • Celia DONERT (Centre for Contemporary History – Potsdam): A Defeated Universalism: The Human Rights of Women in State Socialist Europe

Commentator: Philip Gassert (University of Augsburg)

Panel 2:

  • Guido PANVINI (Università di Macerata): The “Diaspora” of Lotta Continua during the 1980s
  • Lorenzo BOSI (European University Institute): The processes of institutionalization of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement: A social movement approach

Commentator: Marco Gervasoni (Università del Molise)

Panel 3:

  • Valentine LOMELLINI (Università di Padova): Loosing hegemony: Italian Communists, the peace movement and the creation of new political identities in the 1980s
  • Martin KLIMKE (German Historical Institute – Washington D.C.): From Environmental Movement to ‘Anti-Parties Party’: The Rise of the West German Greens in 1980s Cold War Culture
  • Karolina PIETRAS (University Paris IV, La Sorbonne): Lessons from the Last Decade of the Cold War: Different Paths of the East German and Polish Opposition

Commentator: Marc Lazar (Sciences Po – Paris / LUISS)

Concluding roundtable:

Commentator: Antonio Varsori (Università di Padova)

Panelists: Philip Gassert, Marco Gervasoni, Marc Lazar, Silvio Pons

Scientific Committee: Philip Gassert (University of Augsburg), Marco Gervasoni (Università del Molise), Marc Lazar (Sciences Po – Paris / LUISS), Silvio Pons (Università di Roma – Tor Vergata), Antonio Varsori (Università di Padova)

Convenors and contact: Valentine Lomellini (Dipartimento di Studi Internazionali – Università di Padova, valentine.lomellini@unipd.it), Martin Klimke (German Historical Institute – Washington D.C., mail@maklimke.com), Valerio Augusto Strinati (Biblioteca del Senato – Roma; valerioaugusto.strinati@senato.it, logictics)

Lieu : Biblioteca del Senato, piazza della Minerva, Roma

Traduzione simultanea italiano/inglese

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Transferts, appropriations et fonctions de l’avant-garde dans l’Europe intermédiaire et du Nord 1909-1989

Transferts, appropriations et fonctions de l’avant-garde dans l’Europe intermédiaire et du Nord, 1909-1989

23-24 septembre 2011



Présentation :

Le colloque se concentrera sur la question des fonctions des avant-gardes ainsi que des transferts et appropriations des influences et intertextes dans l’Europe intermédiaire et du Nord dans la période qui s’étend de 1909 à la fin de la guerre froide. «Avant-garde» s’entend ici en tant que mouvement artistique ou littéraire qui soit revendique le rôle «d’art engagé», soit s’affiche en tant qu’élément réflexif, critique, voire destructeur, au sein de la modernisation.

Étant donné la diversité des systèmes politiques dans l’aire géographique concernée, qui se situe entre l’Allemagne et la Russie et s’étend des Balkans aux pays nordiques, il est clair que ces deux aspects de l’avant-garde ont connu des formes variées. Mais le fait même que des artistes dans des pays profondément différents ont pu se définir comme «d’avant-garde» appelle une recherche qui prendra en considération à la fois différences et similitudes dans la multiplicité des motivations, des contextes et des traditions et dans le désir de se connecter et de s’identifier à un phénomène transnational. Il ne s’agira donc pas de l’avant-garde, mais des avant-gardes, d’un réseau polycentrique à multiples nœuds locaux et fonctions contextuelles.

Les trois notions de «transfert», «appropriation» et «fonction» sont proposés en tant que perspectives ou outils méthodologiques pour la réflexion. D’une part, le but du colloque sera de comprendre comment les influences et les intertextes constitutifs pour les avant-gardes ont été transférés d’un milieu culturel à un autre. D’autre part, il s’agira d’analyser de quelle manière ces influences et les intertextes ont été l’objet d’appropriations et de transformations dans la production artistique et littéraire, et aussi quelles fonctions les avant-gardes ont eue.

Inscriptions et paiement (30 euros) sur le site de l’université Paris III : http://www.univ-paris3.fr/49546771/0/fiche___actualite/&RH=1236682598223

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Organisateur : Harri Veivo (harri.veivo@helsinki.fi), Centre interuniversitaire d’études hongroises et finlandaises

Lieu : Institut Finlandais de Paris, 60 rue des écoles, 75005 Paris

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Figures du renseignement européen

Figures du renseignement européen

26 septembre 2011, 18h00-20h00



Séance 1 du séminaire «Figures du renseignement européen – Metis saison 8», organisé par Olivier Forcade, Philippe Hayez et Sébastien Laurent. Pour en savoir plus sur le séminaire : http://chsp.sciences-po.fr/groupe-de-recherche/metis-le-renseignement-et-les-societes-democratiques

Intervenant : Julien Florent (Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV) : «Aux origines d’un renseignement européen, les coopérations françaises en matière de renseignement au début de la guerre froide»

Renseignements : http://chsp.sciences-po.fr/evenement/figures-du-renseignement-europeen-metis-saison-8-seance-1

Lieu : CHSP, 1er étage, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris

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Torture as a Multilateral Issue, 1945-2009

Émilie COMBAZ (science politique, spécialisation Relations internationales) soutiendra sa thèse de doctorat le vendredi 14 octobre 2011 à 14h30, sur le sujet suivant :

Negotiating Atrocity. Torture as a Multilateral Issue, 1945-2009: a Comparative Study (United Nations, Council of Europe, Organization of American States)

Jury : Ariel Colonomos, Sandrine Lefranc, Darius Rejali, Sabine Saurugger, Johanna Siméant, Astrid von Busekist (directeur de recherche). Centre de recherche : CERI

Lieu : salle de réunion, 3e étage, 199 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris

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China and Its Allies in the Cold War

SHEN, Zhihua, et LI, Danhui, After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War, Woodrow Wilson Center Press with Stanford University Press, Cold War International History Project Series, août 2011, 360 p.


After Leaning to One Side traces the rise and fall of the Sino-Soviet alliance between 1949 and 1973, emphasizing tension over the Korean and Vietnam wars. Underscoring the theme of inherent conflict within the communist movement, this book shows that while that movement was an international campaign with an imposing theory and an impressive party structure, it was also a collection of sovereign states with disparate national interests. This book explains how this dissonance was further complicated by the unequal development of the Chinese and Soviet states and their communist parties, and traces some of China’s actions to Mao’s grasping at leadership of the communist movement after the death of Stalin.

I. Heydays of the Communist Alliance

  • The Making of an Alliance for Cold and Hot Wars
  • China’s Decision to Enter the Korean War
  • A Troubled Partnership in War
  • The Decision to End the Korean War

The Erosion of a Brotherly Relationship

  • Helping-Hand Diplomacy: Soviet Experts in China
  • Comrades Plus Brothers: Sino-Soviet Border Relations in the 1950s
  • Unrealized Partnership: From Joint Fleet to the Great Leap Forward
  • Antagonized Centers and Troubled Frontiers

III. The Hierarchy of International Communism

  • From Wartime Allies to Peacetime Associates
  • Vietnam and Chinese Policy toward the United States

Epilogue: The Demise of a Communist Alliance

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Case studies of the Cold War: a course for teachers and lecturers

Case Studies of the Cold War: A Course for Teachers and Lecturers in Europe

18-22 April 2012, Utrecht

Deadline : 15 October 2011


The University of Utrecht, in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Library and the Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security, and with support of Euroclio, will pilot an intensive five-day course for secondary school teachers, PhD Students and (junior) university lecturers in the spring of 2012. The course will take place from 18-22 April 2012, at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. During this course, the Truman Library and the Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security will disclose new archival material from both sides of the Iron Curtain to the participants. The participants will use this material to create their own lesson plans.

The event will take place under the auspices of the Department of History and Art History at the University of Utrecht. The course will build on similar such seminars organized by the Harry S. Truman Library for American teachers in the past and will explore how to continue the program in the future for European teachers. The range of the course will nevertheless be extended, since (junior) university lecturers and PhD students will also be invited to attend. Presenters will examine the origins of the Cold War, explore its unique features, and discuss its enduring legacy. Teachers will have the opportunity to hear outstanding international scholars from around the world and discuss the latest research on the topic. Educators will also be expected to create lesson plans and teaching materials based on the presentations.

A unique feature of the course will be the international interaction between the scholars and the teachers. The scholars and teachers will be given the opportunity to work together to consider the best way to apply the latest historical research in the classroom or in seminars. Sessions will allow the scholars and teachers to engage in discussion and to build strategies for teaching use.

Teachers will have access to numerous primary sources from the Truman Library online archives and the PHP online collections during the course. They will be encouraged to share their ideas and create lesson plans during the course. Additional resources from European archives will be made available during the week to encourage teachers to share their views and interpretations of the documents.

Program and details: CaseStudiesoftheColdWar (PDF)


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