For 18 days over Christmas in 1963 there was a rift in the Berlin Wall. For the first time in over two years the 87 mile barrier could be crossed and divided families were — briefly — reunited. A ‘border pass agreement’ — Passierscheinabkommen — between the West Berlin Senate and the East German government meant […]
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Following Brexit and Trump’s victory, there’s a big push to highlight the emergence of a new ‘post fact’ political environment. There’s even a new BBC guide to help journalists understand statistics rather than take them at face value. But problems with the reliability of facts — and statistics in particular — is nothing new. Ever since […]
I recently wrote a book about how the Nationalist apartheid regime in South Africa (1948-1994) responded to the emergence of a hostile post-colonial world. I came to this topic from an unusual angle: Cold War history. It was the Southern African theatre of the Cold War that initially attracted me to the topic, and from […]
Nick Blackbourn, Edinburgh Napier University In the autumn of 1983, at the height of Cold War tensions, the world was only saved from nuclear disaster by the gut feelings of two soldiers during different incidents. In the first incident, on September 26, a Soviet lieutenant colonel named Stanislav Petrov saw that according to the early-warning […]
Find on Amazon US / Find on Amazon UK / Find in a Library What is the book about? Noel Field was an unrepentant Stalinist who betrayed his country, exacted a terrible cost on his family for doing so, and died living behind the iron curtain in Hungary. True Believer tells his story. ‘Noel Field began […]
51.86 km: that’s how far I walked over the ‘Fall of the Wall 25’ weekend, getting around the city and following the Lichtgrenze – the light border. You can find some background to Berlin’s largest ever public art project here, here, and here. 100 ‘Wall Story’ panels were dotted along the route. These stories have been collated […]
The term ‘Peace Through Strength’ has a long history, dating from the ancient world. It remains a popular phrase in American politics, often seen as epitomising Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy. The history of the term ‘Peace Through Strength’ in the 1970s is a little more complicated, however, as this post will show. Detente It was actually […]
In the 1970s, the Soviet Union was introducing all kinds of intimidating weapon systems. After its Cuban Missile Crisis experience, Kremlin leaders wanted to ensure the USSR would never again be outgunned, a sort-of ‘Cuban Missile Syndrome.’1 As a result, during the 1970s the USSR added new nuclear missile systems. The SS-18 ‘Satan’: Zubok, Vladislav M. A Failed […]
Published in 1984, Dr. Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book is about two societies, the Yooks and the Zooks, who disagree on which side their toast should be buttered. An arms race ensues. This is a classic cold war analogy that was turned into a cartoon in 1989. It’s available to watch on Youtube, and here’s […]
I follow the factory boss up endless staircases and down long corridors. As the light filters through grimy windows and bounces off green paint, I feel trapped in a vast aquarium, or rather a tank of aspic. Here is an impeccably preserved piece of the Soviet Union, right down […]
Still Out in the Cold is a Cold War History website that pulls in relevant social media feeds, hosts a Cold War tourist map, and has links to some fantastic Cold War organisations.
The website is run by Nick Blackbourn