Taking Stock of Cold War Research: An Interview with the Archive’s Svetlana Savranskaya

This blog posting contains a lot of good links to archives that might lead one to very different conclusions about the Cold War to those which the skank interviewed here might have you come to. Also, in conducting your research, it would help to know Russian.

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Taking Stock of Cold War Research Interview series. Taking Stock of Cold War Research Interview series.

This interview, conducted by Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research), is part of a seven-part series on the evolution of Cold War research — Taking Stock of Cold War Research. The interview initially appeared on the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies website and on the Military History Portal.

svetlana Svetlana Savranskaya

Part I: Origins and Evolution of Cold War Studies

“Are we currently experiencing a new Cold War”? This question has recently been discussed in the media. Would you agree?

I do not believe that we are currently experiencing a new Cold War. We are experiencing a new period of hostility and profound mistrust between Russia and the West as a whole, but especially between Russia and the United States. However, this period lacks two key characteristics that were integral to the Cold War—the Communist ideology, which stipulated class struggle…

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