The 16–18 October 2008, in Warsaw, was held an international conference :
organized by the Institute of National Remembrance (Warsaw), The Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (member of the network EURHISTXX), the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington DC).
For almost half a century the Cold War conflict shaped international relations and to a large extent influenced the history of individual nations. The Cold War was a global conflict, but in a particular manner was also a European conflict. The beginning and end of the Cold War (at least the beginning of its end) took place in Central Europe. For several dozen years Europeans on either side of the Iron Curtain prepared themselves for a potential apocalyptic conflict, or sought to prevent one from occurring. These preparations and preventative measures, to a hitherto insufficiently recognized degree, influenced their histories. Thanks to the ‘archival revolution’, which began in the 1990s in the wake of the opening of communist-era archives, our knowledge about the Cold War, and its influence on the countries of East-Central Europe and their roles in this conflict in particular, has greatly increased. Numerous topics, once the domain of pure speculation, can today be presented as grounded in primary sources. The aim of the conference is to present the newest studies and enable discussion among leading specialists from different countries.
The panel #6 – ”Demobilisation in Europe after the Cold War – political and cultural” – was organized by EURHISTXX, under the supervision of Pr. Dariusz Stola (IPS), in the framework of its global project on the Post War Periods in XXth Century. Part of the papers presented at this session are reproduced here. The minutes of the whole conference will be published in 2010.