Sino-Soviet Relations and the Global Cold War

24th Berlin Colloquia on Contemporary History

Fri, 9/23/2016 to Sat, 9/24/2016
Europäische Akademie Berlin
Bismarckallee 46/48
14913 Berlin


Invitation only. 

Logo: Berliner Colloquien zur Zeitgeschichte (BCZ)


The Berlin Colloquia on Contemporary History are a project of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in cooperation with the Einstein Forum, Potsdam.


The end of the Cold War and the increasing availability of new archival materials from Russia, Eastern Europe, and China has inspired new work on the Sino-Soviet alliance and split, understood by many scholars as one of the most significant episodes in the entire history of the Cold War. China’s frustrations with the socialist world formed the background to its subsequent overtures to the so-called “Third World” after 1960, and also to its efforts to normalize relations with Western Europe and the United States.

This Berlin Colloquium explores Sino-Soviet relations and their global consequences, with attention to the strategic realignment that led to the making of the U.S.-Chinese partnership as well as the implications for the Third World of the Sino-Soviet rivalry. The breadth of the topic allows for contributions from scholars working in diverse areas of specialization, from the Soviet Union to Africa.

Host of the 24th Berlin Colloquium on Contemporary History is Austin Jersild, Professor of History at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, fellow of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies in 2015/16. 

With Ragna Boden Archive of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR (BStU), Berlin Jeremy S. Friedman Harvard Business School, Cambridge MA Mischa Gabowitsch Einstein Forum, Potsdam Bernd Greiner Hamburg Institute for Social Research/Berlin Center for Cold War Studies Bettina Greiner Berlin Colloquia on Contemporary History/Berlin Center for Cold War Studies Martin Grossheim University of Passau Andreas Hilger University of Heidelberg Daniela Kolenovská Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague Daniel Leese University of Freiburg Lorenz Lüthi McGill University, Montreal Artyom Lukin Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok Elizabeth McGuire California State University East Bay Susan Neiman Einstein Forum, Potsdam Sergey Radchenko Cardiff University Szvetozar Rajak London School of Economics and Political Science Oscar Sanchez-Sibony University of Hongkong Martin Schaad Einstein Forum, Potsdam Zoltán Szöke National Archives of Hungary, Budapest Sören Urbansky University of Munich Péter Vámos Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest Hermann Wentker Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin Yafeng Xia Long Island University, New York Jan Zofka Centre for History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO), University of Leipzig.

The Colloquium will be held in English.

Invitation only.