CWIHP Book Series

Cold War International History Project books published by Woodrow Wilson Center Press with Stanford University Press.

Issues in this Series

The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points, edited by Lorenz M. Lüthi

The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points

The contributors to this volume systematically explore the crucial turning points in the Cold War on all of its diverse fronts and examine the mutual interconnections of events in diverse regional Cold War theaters.
The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War, edited by Leopoldo Nuti, Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, and Bernd Rother

The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War

The contributors to this volume explore the origins, unfolding, and consequences of the Euromissile crisis surrounding the proposed deployment of new generations of nuclear missile delivery systems across Eastern and Western Europe in the later years of the Cold War.
Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe, 1950–1989 by Paweł Machcewicz

Poland's War on Radio Free Europe, 1950–1989

Paweł Machcewicz
Paweł Machcewicz explores the Polish government’s efforts to block, disrupt, subvert, and otherwise control the unwelcome messages of the “foreign propaganda” being broadcast by the enemies of People’s Poland.
Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960–1965 by Lise Namikas

Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960–1965

Lise Namikas
Lise Namikas traces the Congo Crisis from post-World War II decolonization efforts through Mobutu’s second coup in 1965 from a radically new vantage point.
Divided Together: The United States and the Soviet Union in the United Nations, 1945-1965, by Ilya V. Gaiduk

Divided Together: The United States and the Soviet Union in the United Nations, 1945-1965

Ilya V. Gaiduk
In this volume, Ilya Gaiduk studies US and Soviet policy toward the United Nations during the first two decades of the Cold War.
Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam by James G. Hershberg

Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

James G. Hershberg
James G. Hershberg presents the first rigorously documented, in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966.
The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November by Sergo Mikoyan

The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

Sergo Mikoyan and Svetlana Savranskaya rewrite conventional history based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The "missiles of October" and "13 days" were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962.
The Cold War in East Asia, 1945-1991, edited by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

The Cold War in East Asia: 1945-1991

Edited by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, this volume studies Asia as a second front in the Cold War, examining how the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Japan, and North and South Korea interacted with one another and forged the conditions that were distinct from the Cold War in Europe.
Stalin and Togliatti: Italy and the Origins of the Cold War by Elena Agarossi and Victor Zaslavsky

Stalin and Togliatti: Italy and the Origins of the Cold War

Elena Agarossi and Victor Zaslavsky
Elena Agarossi and Victor Zaslavsky employ previously classified documents in Russian and Italian archives in order to underscore the role of Stalin's ambitions and their incompatibility with liberal-democratic systems in the development of the Cold War.
A Distant Front in the Cold War: The USSR in West Africa and the Congo, 1956-1964 by Sergey Mazov

A Distant Front in the Cold War: The USSR in West Africa and the Congo, 1956-1964

Sergey Mazov
Sergey Mazov presents evidence from previously inaccessible documents in Russian and U.S. archives, as well as an international sampling of recent scholarly works that reveal West Africa as a significant site of Cold War conflict in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962, edited by Christopher Goscha and Christian Ostermann

Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962

This edited volume draws on newly available archival documentation from both Western and Asian countries to explore decolonization, the Cold War, and the establishment of a new international order in post–World War II Southeast Asia.
Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956 by Pawel Machcewicz

Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956

Paweł Machcewicz
Paweł Machcewicz offers a social history of the mass movements that prompted political change and altered Polish-Soviet relations in 1956 but avoided a Soviet armed response. He focuses on the people's expression of grievances, and even riots; as opposed to "top-level" activities such as internal Communist Party struggles.
Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962–1967 by Sergey Radchenko

Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962-1967

Sergey Radchenko
Sergey Radchenko uses new archival sources from Russia, China, Mongolia, the United States, and other countries to examine the deterioration of relations between the USSR and China in the 1960s, whereby once powerful allies became estranged, competitive, and increasingly hostile neighbors.
The Soviet Union and the June 1967 Six Day War, edited by Yaacov Ro’i and Boris Morozov

The Soviet Union and the June 1967 Six Day War

Edited by Boris Morozov and Yaacov Ro'i, this volume examines Soviet influence in fomenting and perpetuating the June 1967 Six Day War between Israel and the Arab states. Contributors use newly available archival sources to study this controversial incident more fully than ever before.
Local Consequences of the Global Cold War, edited by Jeffrey A. Engel

Local Consequences of the Global Cold War

Contributors to this volume, edited by Jeffrey Engel, turn Cold War 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.
Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World beyond Asia, edited by Priscilla Roberts

Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World beyond Asia

Edited by Priscilla Roberts and based on new archival research, this volume broadens the context of the U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Its primary focus is on relations between China and Vietnam; but it also deals with China's relations with Cambodia, U.S. dealings with both China and Vietnam, French attitudes toward Vietnam and China, and Soviet views of Vietnam and China.
Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt by Charles Gati

Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest, and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt

Charles Gati
The 1956 Hungarian revolution was a key event in the Cold War, demonstrating deep dissatisfaction with both the communist system and old-fashioned Soviet imperialism. Now, fifty years later, Charles Gati's new history of the revolt modifies our picture of what happened.
Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964 by Balázs Szalontai

Kim Il Sung in the Khruschev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Role of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964

Balázs Szalontai
Balázs Szalontai describes how North Korea became more despotic even as other Communist countries underwent de-Stalinization. Through a series of comparisons with the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, he highlights unique features of North Korean communism during the period.
Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963, by Ilya V. Gaiduk

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954-1963

Ilya V. Gaiduk
Ilya V. Gaiduk examines the Soviet approach to the Vietnam conflict between the 1954 Geneva conference on Indochina and late 1963, when the overthrow of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and the assassination of John F. Kennedy radically transformed the conflict.
Economic Cold War: America's Embargo against China and the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1963 by Shu Guang Zhang

Economic Cold War: America's Embargo against China and the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1963

Shu Guang Zhang
Why would one country impose economic sanctions in pursuit of foreign policy objectives? How effective are economic weapons in attaining such objectives? Shu Guang Zhang examines the economic sanctions instituted by the United States and its allies against the People's Republic of China in the 1950s, and their effects on Chinese domestic policy and the Sino-Soviet alliance.
Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-1963, edited by Odd Arne Westad

Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-1963

Edited by Odd Arne Westad, this volume brings together young scholars from China, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe who, drawing on much newly available documentation, analyze the complicated history of the Sino-Soviet relationship from World War II to the 1960s.

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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project