Updated 28/10/10

New book out now!
Reassessing Cold War Europe
Sari Autio-Sarasmo & Katalin Miklóssy (eds)


KNOWLEDGE THROUGH THE IRON CURTAIN – Transferring Knowledge and Technology in Cold War Europe

The research project will provide a new perspective on the history of the Cold War in two ways. Firstly, we will study East-West connections “behind the scenes” in Europe from the point of view of knowledge and technology transfer. Secondly, in this field, we will study the role of “smaller” European countries that were located near the Iron Curtain on either the Eastern, or the Western side of it. The main hypothesis of the project is that in spite of the bipolarity of the Cold war and the rhetoric about the impenetrability of the Iron Curtain, the transfer of knowledge between East and West continued – to a certain extent the old existing forms of cooperation were maintained but also new contacts were established.

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland for 2007–2009 and is administered by the Aleksanteri Institute (Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies), University of Helsinki. Leader of the project: Dr. Sari Autio-Sarasmo.

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