Cold War Studies at Harvard University


About the Journal of Cold War Studies

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The Journal of Cold War Studies features peer-reviewed articles based on archival research in the former Communist world and in Western countries. Some articles offer reevaluations of important historical events or themes, emphasizing the changes of interpretation necessitated by declassified documents and new firsthand accounts. Other articles seek to bring new evidence to bear on current theoretical debates. Many existing theories of international and domestic politics have relied on generalizations from the Cold War period, but until very recently the evidence for these generalizations was tenuous at best. Articles in the Journal of Cold War Studies use declassified materials and new memoirs from the former Eastern bloc and Western countries to illuminate and raise questions about numerous theoretical concerns, including theories of decision-making, deterrence, bureaucratic politics, institutional formation, bargaining, diplomacy, foreign policy conduct, and international relations. Drawing on the latest evidence, articles in the Journal subject these theories, and others, to rigorous empirical analysis. The Journal's emphasis on the use of new evidence for theoretical purposes is in no way intended to exclude solid historical reassessments, but articles set within a theoretical context are particularly encouraged.The Journal's Editorial Board consists of 32 distinguished political scientists, historians, and specialists on international relations.


Discussion Forum

We have also included a Discussion Forum on selected articles from the first volume of the Journal. The Forum was recently expanded when new comments on several articles were added in December 2006.


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In 1999 the Project began publishing the Journal of Cold War Studies, which has been praised by authoritative outlets such as Library Journal and Foreign Policy. The latter said in its Summer 1999 issue that "the Journal of Cold War Studies promises to be a leading forum for path-breaking archival research" and that "the journal fills an important void for historians and political scientists studying the Cold War."


"Reenacting the Story of Tantalus": Eisenhower, Dulles, and the Failed Rhetoric of Liberation" (Volume 7, Issue 4) by Chris Tudda

"A Fusion Bomb over Andalucía: U.S. Information Policy and the 1966 Palomares Incident" (Volume 8, Issue 1) by David Stiles

"The Tibetan Rebellion of 1959 and China's Changing Relations with India and the Soviet Union" (Volume 8, Issue 3) by Chen Jian

"China's Elite Politics and Sino-American Rapprochement, January 1969–February 1972" (Volume 8, Issue 4) by Yafeng Xia

"Malaya, 1948: Britain's Asian Cold War?" (Volume 9, Issue 1) by Philip Deery

"A Most Special Relationship: The Origins of Anglo-America Nuclear Strike Planning"(Volume 9, Issue 2) by Ken Young

“Pearl Harbor in Reverse” Moral Analogies in the Cuban Missile Crisis (Volume 9, Issue 3), by Dominic Tierney

"No Fixed Values": A Reinterpretation of the Influence of the Theory of Guerre Révolutionnaire and the Battle of Algiers, 1956–1957 (Volume 9, Issue 4), by Christopher Cradock and M.L.R. Smith

The 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: A Missed Opportunity for Détente? (Volume 10, Issue 1), by Vojtech Mastny

Harold Wilson, the British Labour Party, and the War in Vietnam (Volume 10, Issue 2), by Rhiannon Vickers

GATT and the Cold War: Accession Debates, Institutional Development, and the Western Alliance, 1947–1959
(Volume 10, Issue 3), by Francine McKenzie

Targeting China: U.S. Nuclear Planning and “Massive Retaliation” in East Asia, 1953–1955
(Volume 10, Issue 4), by Matthew Jones

"No Fixed Values": A Reinterpretation of the Influence of the Theory of Guerre Révolutionnaire and the Battle of Algiers, 1956–1957 (Volume 9, Issue 4), by Christopher Cradock and M.L.R. Smith

The Improbable Permanence of a Commitment: America's Troop Presence in Europe during the Cold War (Volume 11, Issue 1), by Hubert Zimmermann

Kennan, “Universalism,” and the Truman Doctrine
(Volume 11, Issue 2), by Robert Frazier

I. F. Stone: Encounters with Soviet Intelligence (Volume 11, Issue 3), by Max Holland

Decision-Making and the Soviet War in Afghanistan: From Intervention to Withdrawal (Volume 11, Issue 4), by Artemy Kalinovsky

Thomas U. Berger, Mike M. Mochizuki, and Jistuo Tsuchiyama, eds., Japan in International Politics: The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State (Volume 12, Issue 1), reviewed by Hugo Dobson

Cultural Education as Containment of Communism: The Ambivalent Position of American NGOs in Hong Kong in the 1950s (Volume 12, Issue 2), by Grace Ai-Ling Chou

"No Fixed Values": A Reinterpretation of the Influence of the Theory of Guerre Révolutionnaire and the Battle of Algiers, 1956–1957 (Volume 9, Issue 4), by Christopher Cradock and M.L.R. Smith

Editor's Note (Volume 12 Issue 3), by Mark Kramer

The Soviet Union's Partnership with India (Volume 12, Issue 3), by Vojtech Mastny

Editor's Note (Volume 12, Issue 4), by Mark Kramer

Engaging Southeast Asia? Labor's Regional Mythology and Australia's Military Withdrawal from Singapore and Malaysia, 1972–1973 (Volume 12, Issue 4), by Andrea Benvenuti and David Martin Jones

The French Factor in U.S. Foreign Policy during the Nixon-Pompidou Period, 1969–1974
(Volume 13, Issue 1), by Marc Trachtenberg

Editor's Note (Volume 13, Issue 2), by Mark Kramer

SAC at Thule: Greenland in U.S. Polar Strategy
(Volume 13, Issue 2), by Nikolaj Petersen

Editor's Note (Volume 13, Issue 3), by Mark Kramer

A “Common Appreciation”: Eisenhower, Canada, and Continental Air Defense, 1953–1954
(Volume 13, Issue 3), by Alexander W. G. Herd

Recognition in Return for Détente? Brezhnev, the EEC, and the Moscow Treaty with West Germany, 1970–1973
(Volume 13, Issue 4), by Wolfgang Mueller

The deGaulle Problem (Volume 14, Issue 1), by Marc Trachtenberg

Sweden, Europe, and the Cold War: A Reappraisal (Volume 14, Issue 24), by Aryo Makko

In a Distorted Mirror: The Cold War and U.S.-Soviet Biomedical Cooperation and (Mis)understanding, 1956–1977
(Volume 14, Issue 3), by Anna Geltzer

Death to Spies! Austrian Informants for Western Intelligence Services and Soviet Capital Punishment during the Occupation of Austria (Volume 14, Issue 4), by Barbara Stelzl-Marx

The Ground Observer Corps: Public Relations and the Cold War in the 1950s (Volume 15, Issue 1), by Kenton Clymer

The Soviet Factor in U.S.-Japanese Defense Cooperation, 1978-1985 (Volume 15, Issue 2), by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

The Journal is edited by Mark Kramer, Harvard University, and published by The MIT Press for the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies.