Cold War: Hot Topic
Professor David Lowe (ADRI Director) and Dr Tony Joel (ADRI Contemporary Histories group) have co-authored Remembering the Cold War: Global Contest and National Stories due for publication in 2014 through Routledge.
Remembering the Cold War examines how, more than two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cold War legacies continue to play crucial roles in defining national identities and shaping international relations around the globe. Given the Cold War's blurred definition - it has neither a widely accepted commencement date nor unanimous conclusion - what is to be remembered? This book illustrates that there is, in fact, a huge body of 'remembrance,' and that it is more pertinent to ask: what should be included and what can be overlooked?
Over five sections, this richly illustrated volume considers case studies of Cold War remembering from different parts of the world, and engages with growing theorisation in the field of memory studies, specifically in relation to war. David Lowe and Tony Joel afford careful consideration to agencies that identify with being 'victims' of the Cold War. In addition, the concept of arenas of articulation, which envelops the myriad spaces in which the remembering, commemorating, memorialising, and even revising of Cold War history takes place, is given prominence.
'Lowe and Joel’s thematic approach to remembrance of the Cold War provides an important, and hitherto overlooked, lens upon the epoch defining contest: seemingly ubiquitous, the differing national experiences of the Cold War are expertly considered.'
Dr J. Simon Rofe, SOAS, University of London
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