Ice and snow in the Cold War : histories of extreme climatic environments / edited by Julia Herzberg, Christian Kehrt, and Franziska Torma.Series: Environment in history ; v. 14.Publisher: New York : Berghahn, 2019Copyright date: ©2018Description: viii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 23 cmContent type:
- G595 .I24 2019
- ASLI Choice Award
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Exploring ice and snow in the Cold War / Julia Herzberg, Christian Kehrt, Franziska Torma -- Cryo-history: ice, snow, and the great acceleration / Sverker Sorlin -- Snow and avalanche research as patriotic duty: the institutionalization of a scientific discipline in Switzerland / Dania Achermann -- "An orgy of hypothesizing": the construction of glaciological knowledge in Cold War America / Janet Martin-Nielsen -- "Camp Century" and "Project Iceworm": Greenland as a stage for US military service rivalries / Ingo Heidbrink -- Inuit responses to Arctic militarization: examples from Greenland / Sophie Elixhauser -- Creating open territorial rights in cold and icy places: Cold War rivalries and the Antarctic and outer space treaties / Roger D. Launius -- An environment too extreme: the case of Bouvetya / Peder Roberts, Lize-Marie van der Watt -- Managing the "white death" in Cold War Soviet Union: snow avalanches, ice science, and winter sports in Kazakhstan, 1960s-1980s / Marc Elie -- Laboratory metaphors in Antarctic history: from nature to space / Sebastian Vincent Grevsmuhl -- Cold War creatures: Soviet science and the problem of the abominable snowman / Carolin F. Roeder, Gregory Afinogenov -- Negotiating "coldness": the natural environment, the bonus of the far north, and community cohesion in Brezhnev era Severodvinsk / Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller -- An exploration of the self: Reinhold Messner's transantarctic expedition of 1989 / Pascal Schillings.
The history of the Cold War has focused overwhelmingly on statecraft and military power, an approach that has naturally placed Moscow and Washington at 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 great 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."
ASLI Choice Award