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 lifeEast and West, urban and rural, in developed and developing nations, in the superpowers and on the periphery of the international system.
About 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.
Table of ContentsTables and Figures ix
Foreword: Bringing Diplomatic History Home Paul Boyer xi
Introduction: On Writing the Local within Diplomatic History-Trends, Historiography, Purpose Jeffrey A. Engel Katherine Carte Engel 1
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
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
"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