Sortie prochainement: BEYOND THE DIVIDE Entangled Histories of Cold War Europe

BEYOND THE DIVIDE
Entangled Histories of Cold War Europe

Edited by Simo Mikkonen and Pia Koivunen
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Cold War history has emphasized the division of Europe into two warring camps with separate ideologies and little in common. This volume presents an alternative perspective by suggesting that there were transnational networks bridging the gap and connecting like-minded people on both sides of the divide. Long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, there were institutions, organizations, and individuals who brought people from the East and the West together, joined by shared professions, ideas, and sometimes even through marriage. The volume aims at proving that the post-WWII histories of Western and Eastern Europe were entangled by looking at cases involving France, Denmark, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, and others.

Contents

Introduction: Beyond the Divide

PART I: POLITICAL PROCESSES AND TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS

Chapter 1. Opening Up Political Space: Informal Diplomacy, East-West Exchanges, and the Helsinki Process
Giles Scott-Smith

Chapter 2. Challenging Old Cold War Stereotypes: the Case of Danish-Polish Youth Exchange and the European Détente, 1965–75
Marianne Rostgaard

Chapter 3. Transmitting the “Freedom Virus”: France, the USSR, and Cultural Aspects of European Security Cooperation
Nicolas Badalassi

Chapter 4. Cultural Diplomacy of Switzerland and the Challenge of Peaceful Coexistence, 1956–75
Matthieu Gillabert

PART II: INTERPLAY IN THE ACADEMIC CONTEXTS

Chapter 5. Expert Groups Closing the Divide: Estonian-Finnish Computing Cooperation since the 1960s
Sampsa Kaataja

Chapter 6. French-Romanian Academic Exchanges in the 1960s
Beatrice Scutaru

Chapter 7. Hungary Opens toward the West: Political Preconditions for Finnish-Hungarian Cooperation in Research and Development in the 1960s and 1970s
Anssi Halmesvirta

Chapter 8. “Discrete” Intermediaries: Transnational Activities of the Fondation pour une entraide intellectuelle européenne
Ioana Popa

PART III: LIMITATIONS FOR TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS

Chapter 9. The Image of “Real France”: Instrumentalization of French Culture in the Early Communist Czechoslovakia
Václav Šmidrkal

Chapter 10. Dealing with “Friends”: Soviet Friendship Societies in Western Europe as a Challenge for Western Diplomacy
Sonja Grossmann

Chapter 11. The Soviet Union Encounters Anglia: Britain’s Russian Magazine as a Medium for Cross-Border Communication
Sarah Davies

PART IV: ALONG THE BORDERLINES

Chapter 12. Transnational Television in Europe: Cold War Competition and Cooperation
Lars Lundgren

Chapter 13. Transnational Spaces between Poland and Finland: the Grassroots Dismantling of the Iron Curtain and Their Political Entanglements
Anna Matyska

Chapter 14. A Filter for Western Cultural Products: the Influence of Italian Popular Culture on Yugoslavia, 1955–65
Francesca Rolandi

Notes on Contributors
Bibliography
Index


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