Žhavé ohnisko studené války. Úvodem k bloku příspěvků o německé otázce v letech 1945–1990
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A Hot Spot of the Cold War: An Introduction to the Set of Articles on the German Question, 1945–90
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This introduction to the thematic set of articles in the current issue of Soudobé dějiny presents the individual contributions and provides information on how and why they were written and first presented. The five selected essays are on the German question, which during the Cold War was one of the sites of great tension in the rivalry of the two superpowers and their allies. The articles are reworked versions of papers given at the international conference ‘Dropping, Maintaining and Breaking the Iron Curtain: The Cold War and East-Central Europe Twenty Years Later’. The conference was held, on 19–21 November 2009, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the Communist régimes in central and eastern Europe. It was organized by the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague, with the Cabinet Office of the Czech Republic and with assistance of students from the Institute of International Studies, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague. The reworked versions of most of the papers will be published this year as Weaving and Tearing Asunder the Iron Curtain: The Cold War and East-Central Europe from Beginning to End in the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series of Rowman & Littlefield. In 2011 Soudobé dějiny published the articles by David Holloway, Csaba Békés, Alex Pravda, Thomas Blanton, Svetlana Savranskaya, and Mark Kramer in Czech translation, with an introductory report on the conference and its results in the context of current research in the thematic set ‘Nekonečný příběh s náhlým koncem: Studená válka 1945–1989’ (A Never-ending Story with a Sudden Ending: The Cold War, 1945–89), Soudobé dějiny , 18 (2011), nos. 1–2, pp. 11–195. Another four articles, written by William Taubman, Silvio Pons, Bernd Schäfer, and James G. Hershberg, have been published in the periodical Dějiny a současnost (History and the Present) in the thematic set ‘Konec studené války: Rozpad sovětského impéria’ (The End of the Cold War: The Break-up of the Soviet Empire), Dějiny a současnost , 33 (2011), 5, pp. 26–43.
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