Local Consequences of the Global Cold War

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Up to now the study of cold war history has been fully engaged in stressing the international character and broad themes of the story. This volume turns such diplomatic history upside down by studying how actions of international relations affected local popular life.

Each chapter has its origins in a major international issue, and then unfolds the consequences of that issue for some region or city. Thus the starting points for the various contributions are great unifying ...

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Overview


Up to now the study of cold war history has been fully engaged in stressing the international character and broad themes of the story. This volume turns such diplomatic history upside down by studying how actions of international relations affected local popular life.

Each chapter has its origins in a major international issue, and then unfolds the consequences of that issue for some region or city. Thus the starting points for the various contributions are great unifying questions regarding postwar occupation, militarization, industrialization, and decolonization. But the ending points are small and dispersed, such as movies in Japan, race relations in the American South, forests in East Germany, and industry in Novosibirsk. Collectively, these stories show how the cold war affected every facet of life—East and West, urban and rural, in developed and developing nations, in the superpowers and on the periphery of the international system.

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"All in all, this collection of essays represents an important contribution to a fuller understanding of the Cold War. To make the connection between the decisions of those in power and the ordinary people the decisions affect is a worthy and valuable direction for the future of diplomatic history."—Mark Carson, Journal of Cold War Studies

"This will be a welcome addition to the new cold war history, both as a contribution to internationalizing that conflict and also because of the bottom-up, social history approach that provides the basic framework for the chapters."—Thomas Zeiler, University of Colorado at Boulder

"Presents both new and little-known material and presents a fresh, compelling way to look at the Cold War. This collection of essays will contribute significantly to our understanding of the Cold War, and of diplomatic and international history in general."—Andrew Preston, Cambridge University

"[I]lluminating in its description of the mechanisms and contradictions of Cold War alliances between international powers and local actors."—War in History

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Meet the Author


Jeffrey A. Engel is Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service and Associate Director of the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures     ix
Foreword: Bringing Diplomatic History Home   Paul Boyer     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction: On Writing the Local within Diplomatic History-Trends, Historiography, Purpose   Jeffrey A. Engel   Katherine Carte Engel     1
Daily Lives
Exhibition and Entertainment: Hollywood and the American Reconstruction of Defeated Japan   Hiroshi Kitamura     33
The Cultural Contradictions of Cold War Education: West Berlin and the Youth Revolt of the 1960s   Jeremi Suri     57
The Cold War and the American South   Thomas Borstelmann     77
The Industrial Impact of the Military-Industrial Complex
The Impact of the Early Cold War on an American City: The Aerospace Industry in Seattle   Richard S. Kirkendall     99
When the Movie's Over: The Post-Cold War Restructuring of Los Angeles   Michael Oden     117
Cold War Frontier: Building the Defense Complex in Novosibirsk   Anita Seth     140
Environmental Costs
Project Lamachus: The Cold War Comes to Scotland-The Holy Loch U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base and Its Impact on Scotland, 1959-1974   Alan P. Dobson   Charlie Whitham     169
Landscape Change in Central Europe and Staiin's Postwar Strategy, 1945-1949   Arvid Nelson     193
Nuclear Country: The Militarization of the U.S. Northern Plains, 1954-1975   Catherine McNicol Stock     238
Superpower Games
"At Least in Those Days We Had Enough to Eat": Colonialism, Independence, and the Cold War in Catumbela, Angola, 1974-1977   Jeremy Ball     275
Cold War and Colonialism: The Case of East Timor   Luis Nuno Rodrigues     296
Contributors     315
Index     319
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