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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Cold War Encounters

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
2 year, 1, 2 module


Lajus, Julia

Lajus, Julia

Course Syllabus


This course will demonstrate that the Cold War is not a merely chronological context, but an epistemological framework essential for interpreting postwar history. We will start from researching competing historiographical accounts of the Cold War. This is to introduce students to the basics of the Cold War while allowing them to keep a critical distance from empirical material. In its core, this course examines the Cold War as a period of both tensions and cooperations across the Iron Curtain from 1946 to 1991. While considering traditional and novel approaches, we will treat the Cold War as a global phenomenon which defined political cultural histories in the East and West. Uncovering economic, technological, environmental, and aesthetical dimensions of the Cold War, we will trace unique biographies of various actors from institutions to individuals, from officials to civilians, from politicians to tourists.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • students will master skills of critical reading, which is especially crucial for emerging scholars.
  • Is able to create new theories, invent new ways and tools of professional activity
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Is able to improve and develop his intellectual and cultural level, to build a trajectory of professional development and career
  • Able to organize and manage multilateral communication
  • Able to perform professional activities, including research and development activities in the international environment
  • Able to perform research with modern research methods and techniques, using knowledge of the humanities and social sciences and close scientific fields of knowledge
  • Is able to perform interdisciplinary interaction and cooperation with representatives of other fields of knowledge while solving research and applied tasks
  • Is able to analyze historical sources, scientific texts and reports, to review scientific literature in Russian and foreign languages
  • Assesses information and predicts given objectives (ПК-9) Is able to analyze and propose scientific interpretation of historical events in their interrelation
  • Is able to use social and multicultural differences to solve problems in professional and social activities
  • Is able to identify and use general aims into professional and social activities
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Cold War Basics. Introduction
  • Construction and Studies of Cold War Global Commons (Oceans, Antarctic, Space)
  • Cold War Modernities
  • Domestic Fronts of Cultural Cold War
    Cold War Binaries and Art
  • Hot Art and Culture during the Cold War
  • Technology of the Cold War
  • Many spaces/places of the Cold War: From Binary to Global
  • Environmental Cold War
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking written assignments
  • non-blocking attendance
  • non-blocking written exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * attendance + 0.3 * written assignments + 0.5 * written exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Gabrielle Hecht. (2011). Entangled Geographies : Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War. The MIT Press.
  • Glenthøj, R. (2016). Rosanna Farbøl. “Commemoration of a Cold War: The Politics of History and Heritage at Cold War Memory sites in Denmark.” Cold War History 15:4 (2015): 471-490. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14682745.2015.1028532. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.696C0198
  • Sara Lorenzini. (2019). Global Development : A Cold War History. Princeton University Press.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Smetana, V., & Kramer, M. (2014). Imposing, Maintaining, and Tearing Open the Iron Curtain : The Cold War and East-Central Europe, 1945–1989. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=670088
  • Tony Shaw, & Denise J. Youngblood. (2014). Cinematic Cold War : The American and Soviet Struggle for Hearts and Minds. [N.p.]: University Press of Kansas. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2107963