Beyond the Divide

Beyond the Divide
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Entangled Histories of Cold War Europe
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Artikel-Nr:
9781782388678
Veröffentl:
2015
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Seiten:
335
Autor:
Simo Mikkonen
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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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.

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.

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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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