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Ice and Snow in the Cold War: Histories of Extreme Climatic Environments
Volume 14

Environment in History: International Perspectives

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Ice and Snow in the Cold War

Histories of Extreme Climatic Environments

Edited by Julia Herzberg, Christian Kehrt, and Franziska Torma

292 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-986-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2018)

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The history of the Cold War has focused overwhelmingly on statecraft and military power, an approach that has naturally placed Moscow and Washington center stage. Meanwhile, regions such as Alaska, the polar landscapes, and the cold areas of the Soviet periphery have received little attention. However, such environments were of no small importance during the Cold War: in addition to their symbolic significance, they also had direct implications for everything from military strategy to natural resource management. Through histories of these extremely cold environments, this volume makes a novel intervention in Cold War historiography, one whose global and transnational approach undermines the simple opposition of “East” and “West.”

Julia Herzberg is a research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center and DAAD fellow at the German Historical Institute Moscow. She is currently working on an environmental history of “frost” in Russia that scrutinizes various social and cultural aspects of the nation’s harsh climate.

Christian Kehrt studied history and philosophy at the universities of Tübingen and Stony Brook, NY. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the experiences of military pilots in both World Wars. Kehrt works as researcher and lecturer at the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, focusing on environmental history of the polar regions in the Cold War.

Franziska Torma is research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, and currently John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. She currently researches the history of marine biology in Germany.

Subject: Postwar History Environmental Studies General Geography