Cold War Cities

Friday 1 July 2016

Cold War CitiesThe Cold War left indelible traces on the city, where polarities on the global stage crystallized and intersected with political and social dynamics predating and bypassing the Blocs.

Cold War Cities: History, Culture and Memory, edited by Katia Pizzi and Marjatta Hietala, taps into the rich fabric of memories, histories and cultural interactions of 13 cities worldwide and the lived experience of urban communities during the long Cold War: activated and mobilized by atomic technologies, taking tourist photographs, attending commercial fairs, enjoying the cinema and the ballet, singing in choirs, paying respect in local cemeteries, visiting museums, and responding to town councils, unions and the local press. Literature, film, photography, the press, the monument, the cemetery, the factory, the ruin, the archive and the natural ecosystem are some of the key frameworks of cultural production elucidated here with a view to countering and exploding received myths about the Cold War.

Cold War Cities is published by Peter Lang (ISBN 978 30343 317 665)

Other titles in the Cultural Memories series