The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Local Consequences of the Global Cold War
Cold War International History Project Series
Up to now the study of cold war history has been fully engaged in stressing the international character and broad themes of the story. This volume turns such diplomatic history upside down by studying how actions of international relations affected local popular life.
Each chapter has its origins in a major international issue, and then unfolds the consequences of that issue for some region or city. Thus the starting points for the various contributions are great unifying questions regarding postwar occupation, militarization, industrialization, and decolonization. But the ending points are small and dispersed, such as movies in Japan, race relations in the American South, forests in East Germany, and industry in Novosibirsk. Collectively, these stories show how the cold war affected every facet of life—East and West, urban and rural, in developed and developing nations, in the superpowers and on the periphery of the international system.
What People are Saying
"This will be a welcome addition to the new cold war history, both as a contribution to internationalizing that conflict and also because of the bottom-up, social history approach that provides the basic framework for the chapters."
—Thomas Zeiler, University of Colorado at Boulder
"Presents both new and little-known material and presents a fresh, compelling way to look at the Cold War. This collection of essays will contribute significantly to our understanding of the Cold War, and of diplomatic and international history in general." —Andrew Preston, Cambridge University
"All in all, this collection of essays represents an important contribution to a fuller understanding of the Cold War. To make the connection between the decisions of those in power and the ordinary people the decisions affect is a worthy and valuable direction for the future of diplomatic history."—Mark Carson, Journal of Cold War Studies
Tables and Figures Series Preface Preface: Bringing Diplomatic History Home, Paul Boyer Acknowledgments Introduction: On Writing the Local within Diplomatic History—Trends, Historiography, Purpose, Jeffrey A. Engel and Katherine Carté Engel Part I Daily Lives 1. Exhibition and Entertainment: Hollywood and the American Reconstruction of Defeated Japan, Hiroshi Kitamura 2. The Cultural Contradictions of Cold War Education: West Berlin and the Youth Revolt of the 1960s, Jeremi Suri 3. The Cold War and the American South, Thomas Borstelmann Part II The Industrial Impact of the Military-Industrial Complex 4. The Impact of the Early Cold War on an American City: The Aerospace Industry in Seattle, Richard S. Kirkendall 5. When the Movie's Over: The Post–Cold War Restructuring of Los Angeles, Michael Oden 6. Cold War Frontier: Building the Defense Complex in Novosibirsk, Anita Seth Part III Environmental Costs 7. Project Lamachus: The Cold War Comes to Scotland—The Holy Loch U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base and Its Impact on Scotland, 1959–1974, Alan B. Dobson and Charlie Whitham 8. Landscape Change in Central Europe and Stalin's Postwar Strategy, 1945–1949, Arvid Nelson 9. Nuclear Country: The Militarization of the U.S. Northern Plains, 1954–1975, Catherine McNicol Stock 10. "At Least in Those Days We Had Enough to Eat": Colonialism, Independence, and the Cold War in Catumbela, Angola, 1974–1977, Jeremy Ball 11. Cold War and Colonialism: The Case of East Timor, Luís Nuno Rodrigues Contributors Index