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History BA: IMDHIS207 The Cold War


Welcome to your The Cold War reading list! Here you will find the resources to support you throughout your module.

Essential Reading

Further reading

Websites/Online resources

The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP)

The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) website

The CWIHP site contains a huge amount of useful material, including papers and original source materials that can be cited in essays. For working papers and other publications, see:

For source material, see:


Atlases (the History Department at the United States Military Academy)
Maps of various wars and conflicts throughout history – including many of relevance to this course (see the links to maps from the end of the Second World War onwards).


The Avalon Project

The above links will take you to large collections of original source material connected to the Cold War, although feel free to browse the site more widely at:


Institute of Historical Research: History in Focus site on the Cold War

The portal above lists various resources (including book reviews and bibliographies). You may also want to read some of the ten original articles (which can be cited in essays, where relevant):

There is also a list of further online resources:


Foreign Relations of the United States

​A vast number of citable primary documents connected to US foreign relations – topics covered include the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and arms control and disarmament.

US National Security Archive

Lots of information on US policy throughout the Cold War, including primary sources.


Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security

Records and other information on NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

US Presidential Libraries and Museums

These institutions gather and archive material on the terms of individual US Presidents, and make some of it available on the internet.

FDR (1933-1945)
Truman (1945-1953)
Eisenhower (1953-1961)
JFK (1961-1963)
LBJ (1963-1969)
Nixon (1969-1974)
Ford (1974-1977)
Carter (1977-1981)
Reagan (1981-1989)
Bush (1989-1993)