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The CSCE and the End of the Cold War

Diplomacy, Societies and Human Rights, 1972-1990

Edited by Nicolas Badalassi and Sarah B. Snyder

380 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-026-3 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (November 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78920-849-8 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (July 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-027-0 eBook

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“The authors add to the significant literature available on the Cold War, its history, and explanations for how it ended. In the contested debate over the CSCE’s contribution, these authors add evidence to the side arguing its significant role in ending the Cold War…This is a fundamental book for historians, diplomats, and political scientists who would like a reference of how international organizations come out of diplomatic negotiations and seemingly temporary gatherings.” • Canadian Slavonic Papers

“The volume is of the highest importance, which manages to encompass some of the most significant positions and strategies, compared to the respective political context, which explains very well the evolution and political context of today.” • Journal of Global Politics & Current Diplomacy

“The various chapters in this book provide useful additional insight on the CSCE and especially the human dimension of the process, including some issues that have not really been significantly studied to date and new data from archives on a number of issues.” • H-Net

“The contributions, without exception based on sound sources, some of them of extraordinary originality and very inspirational for research, make the reading of them for everybody interested in the KSZE and East-West détente very rewarding.” • Sehepunkte

“This excellent volume stands at the forefront of scholarship in the field and will certainly make an important contribution to our understanding of the complex developments that led to the end of the Cold War.” • Aryo Makko, Stockholm University and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

“The essays in this volume illuminate just what the Helsinki process entailed and help explain the multidimensional ways in which it facilitated the end of the Cold War—everything from building bridges between groups to keeping dialogue going when the Cold War refroze in the early 1980s and connecting lower-level politics to high politics.” • Jaclyn Stanke, Campbell University

“Bold in ambition and scope, this collection highlights transnational history at its finest. It covers an impressive amount of terrain, allowing for a more layered and nuanced understanding of the CSCE.” • Garret Martin, American University


From its inception, the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) provoked controversy. Today it is widely regarded as having contributed to the end of the Cold War. Bringing together new and innovative research on the CSCE, this volume explores questions key to understanding the Cold War: What role did diplomats play in shaping the 1975 Helsinki Final Act? How did that agreement and the CSCE more broadly shape societies in Europe and North America? And how did the CSCE and activists inspired by the Helsinki Final Act influence the end of the Cold War?

Nicolas Badalassi is Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the Institut d’Etudes politiques d’Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix). He is the author of the award-winning En finir avec la guerre froide: La France, l’Europe et le processus d’Helsinki, 1965–1975 (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014). He has also co-edited with H. Ben Hamouda the publication Les pays d’Europe orientale et la Méditerranée, 1967-1989 (Paris: Cahiers Irice, 2013).

Sarah B. Snyder is Associate Professor at the School of International Service, American University. She is the author of two books: From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy (2018) and Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network (2013).

Subject: History: 20th Century to PresentPeace and Conflict Studies
Area: Europe


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