Cold War ↓

As WWII came to a close, dramatically opposed ideologies were globally contested through proxy wars and heated standoffs. The Cold War featured the competing political tenets of communism and capitalism, in the Soviet Union and the United States, respectively. Lasting until 1989-1991 (with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union), the tense relations between the two parties never saw an outright battle, though nuclear war (with the certainty of mutually assured destruction) was at times a possibility. The ideological fights were waged through public displays of power and through discourses of nuclear weapons most pointedly. Outside of the threat of nuclear violence, proxy wars, wherein each side financially supported their allies, were waged and resulted in the deaths of countless people. Notably, proxy wars were fought on soil outside of Europe, as in Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia and Asia, where the Vietnam War and Korean War took place.

CASE STUDY: Sweden’s Cold War History and Heritage
Stockholm University Critical Heritage Studies Network
Principal Investigators: Mattias Frihammar, Fredrik Krohn Andersson, Cecilia Åse, Maria Wendt

Four articles from the project are available below. Click on blue hyperlink below each article to view and download.