Europe and China in the Cold War

Exchanges Beyond the Bloc Logic and the Sino-Soviet Split


Europe and China in the Cold War studies Sino-European relations from the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Based on new multi-archival research, the international authorship presents and analyses diplomatic and personal relationships between Europe and China at the political, economic, military, cultural, and technological levels.
In going beyond existing historiography, the book comparatively focuses on the relations of both Eastern and Western Europe with the PRC, and adopts a global history approach that also includes non-state and transnational actors. This will allow the reader to learn that the bloc logic and the Sino-Soviet split were indeed influential, yet not all-determining factors in the relations between Europe and China.

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Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, Ph.D. (2008), Paris 8, UNIL, is an Associate Professor at the University of Lausanne. She has contributed to monographs, edited volumes and articles on subjects such as US business and Europe, Cold War policies and economic history.

Marco Wyss, Ph.D. (2011), FRHistS, FHEA, is a Lecturer at Lancaster University and a Fellow at the University of the Free State. He is the author of Arms Transfers, Neutrality, and Britain’s Role in the Cold War (Brill, 2013).

Valeria Zanier, Ph.D. (2008), Ca’ Foscari, is an Assistant Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She has written on China’s transnational economic relations after 1949. She has co-edited the special issue 'Circumventing the Cold War', in Modern Asian Studies 51:1 (2017).
Biographical Notes

 1Austria and China 1949–1989: A Slow Rapprochement

 2Small Country – Great Importance: Switzerland and the Chinese Presence in Europe during the 1950s and 1960s

 3Greece and the People’s Republic of China in the Cold War, 1972–1989

 4Unconditional Followers of the PRC? Friendship Associations with China in France and Switzerland, (1950s–1980s)

 5China’s Communist Youth League, Transnational Networks and Sino–European Interactions in the Early Cold War

 6History and Memory: Italian Communists’ Views of the Chinese Communist Party and the PRC during the early Cold War

 7Everyday Propaganda: The Leftist Press and Sino-British Relations in Hong Kong, 1952–1967

 8‘Our friendship is longer than the river Yangtze and higher than the Tatra Mountains’: Sino-Czechoslovak Trade in the 1950s

 9Chipolbrok – Continuity in Times of Change: Sino-Polish Relations during the Cold War, 1949–1969

 10Learning from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army: The Mass Line in the German Democratic Republic’s National People’s Army

Scholars, as well as non-specialized readers, with an interest in the Cold War, post-WWII international history, European or Chinese history. Particularly relevant for students both at postgraduate and undergraduate level.
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