Cold War Cultures Perspectives on Eastern and Western European Societies

by Annette Vowinckel

Cold War Cultures Perspectives on Eastern and Western European Societies Synopsis

The Cold War was not only about the imperial ambitions of the super powers, their military strategies, and antagonistic ideologies. It was also about conflicting worldviews and their correlates in the daily life of the societies involved. The term Cold War Culture is often used in a broad sense to describe media influences, social practices, and symbolic representations as they shape, and are shaped by, international relations. Yet, it remains in question whether - or to what extent - the Cold War Culture model can be applied to European societies, both in the East and the West. While every European country had to adapt to the constraints imposed by the Cold War, individual development was affected by specific conditions as detailed in these chapters. This volume offers an important contribution to the international debate on this issue of the Cold War impact on everyday life by providing a better understanding of its history and legacy in Eastern and Western Europe.

Cold War Cultures Perspectives on Eastern and Western European Societies Press Reviews

This is a very interesting edited collection of essays that makes a valuable and indeed a pathbreaking contribution to the study of an important emerging area - [It] offers a very original take on the [existing] literature in that it seeks to broaden the debate to ask questions about European cold war cultures, as opposed to the North American ones that have dominated the literature hitherto. * Mark Pittaway, Open University, UK

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857452436
Publication date: 18th April 2012
Author: Annette Vowinckel
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: The Cold War, European history,

About Annette Vowinckel

Annette Vowinckel received her doctorate from the University of Essen and her Habilitation from Humboldt University in Berlin. She is a specialist in cultural history of the Renaissance and the twentieth century. A researcher at the Zentrum fur Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam, she has recently published a book on the cultural history of skyjacking. Marcus M. Payk is currently Fellow at the Department of History, Humboldt University in Berlin and specialized in twentieth-century German and transatlantic history. He received his doctorate in Modern History from the University of Bochum in 2005 and was awarded a Dilthey-Fellowship for excellent young researchers in the ...

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