The Long Detente: Changing Concepts of Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1950s–1980s

February 28, 2017

The present volume, edited by Oliver Bange, historian at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences, and Poul Villaume, professor at the  University of Copenhagen, presents a collection of pieces of evidence, which—taken together—lead to an argument that goes against the grain of the established Cold War narrative. The argument is that a “long détente” existed between East and West from the 1950s to the 1980s, that it existed and lasted for good (economic, national security, societal) reasons, and that it had a profound impact on the eventual outcome of the conflict between East and West and the quintessentially peaceful framework in which this “endgame” was played.

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