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Cold War Cities

History, Culture and Memory


Edited By Katia Pizzi and Marjatta Hietala

The 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. This collection taps into the rich fabric of memories, histories and cultural interactions of thirteen 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.
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KIRSI AHONEN is a doctoral student in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tampere in Finland. She is finishing her doctoral thesis covering early Finnish and Swedish adult education. In addition to articles on history of adult education, she has written on Finnish town-twinning during the Cold War.

GORAN ANTONIĆ is Researcher in the Institute of Contemporary History in Belgrade. He is a PhD candidate and his dissertation is on building New Belgrade during the period 1948–68. His research is focused on processes of urbanization in socialist Yugoslavia, social history and the history of Belgrade and Kosovo.

ELOISA BETTI holds a PhD in European History from the University of Bologna, where she presented her dissertation on ‘Women and precarious work in Bologna’s industry from the 1950s to the 1970s’ crisis’. She is currently Research Fellow in the Department of History and Cultures at the University of Bologna, where she is working on a project about women, work, rights and gender policy in Cold War Bologna (1945–89). During 2014–15 she was Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London), developing research on ‘Women workers unfairly dismissed in Cold War Bologna: Gendering memories of class conflict in 1950s Italy’. In 2015–16 she was awarded the EURIAS Fellowship (co-funded by the European Commission) at the Institute for Human Science of Vienna, where she is currently working on the project ‘Gender...

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