2015 Moscow Conference
Agenda for the Global History of Sport in the Cold War conference in Moscow, May 21-23, 2015
2015 New York Conference
Agenda for the Global History of Sport in the Cold War conference in New York, October 23-24, 2015
2016 Cambridge Conference
Agenda for the Global History of Sport in the Cold War conference in Cambridge, 22-26 September 2016
Global History of Sport in the Cold War
A new collaborative project on the cultural, social and political significance of sport in the Cold War.
Robert Edelman on ABC NewsRadio's "The Ticket"
Panel examines sport, politics and a possible new cold war.
Thomas Hunt on ABC NewsRadio's "The Ticket"
Thomas M. Hunt, author of Drug Games, on The Ticket
Tony Shaw & Denise Youngblood
Episode 01 - The Cinematic Cold War
Tony Shaw and Denise Youngblood discuss how Cold War tensions played out in American and Soviet films.
Episode 02 - John F. Kennedy and Hockey
The 1963 World Ice Hockey Championships were disastrous for the United States, which was trounced by nearly every other team.
Episode 03 - The Stasi's Football Team
Berliner FC Dynamo was the football team of the East German secret police, the dreaded Stasi.
Episode 04 - Football and Religion in Italy
In post-war Italy, football became the battleground for an ideological struggle between religion and communism.
Erica L. Fraser
Episode 05 - Real Men Play Hockey
Erica L. Fraser talks about the role of hockey in Soviet sports culture and why "no coward plays hockey."
Thomas M. Hunt
Episode 06 - Performance Enhancing Drugs
Thomas M. Hunt, author of Drug Games, explains the history and politics of doping during the Cold War.
Episode 07 - Eusébio
Mozambique-born Eusébio can be seen as an example of local sporting talent being mined for the benefit of a colonial power.
Episode 08 - Georgian Football
Amidst a monolithic Soviet football system, Georgia stood out as a country with a uniquely artistic and agile style
Episode 09 - Soviet Sport Satire
The Soviet magazine"Krokodil" poked fun at topical events like the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
Episode 10 - France's "Sport Crisis"
At the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome, France placed an embarrassing 25th place in the medal count, behind many smaller countries
Episode 11 - "Marvelous" Mal Whitfield
Mal Whitfield was a five-time Olympic medalist who spent forty years as a sports coach and goodwill ambassador in Africa.
Episode 12 - Muhammad Ali
Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam places him at the crossroads of race relations, the Cold War and American politics
Toby C. Rider
Episode 13 - Sport and Statecraft in the U.S.
The U.S. government tried to project an appealing image of American ideals and culture through the medium of sport.
Brenda J. Elsey
Episode 14 - The Pan American Games
While the Games successfully promoted friendship among Latin American countries, for the U.S. they were a continuing failure of cultural diplomacy.
Episode 15 - Katarina Witt
"The most beautiful face of socialism."
Episode 16 - "War Minus the Shooting"
Sport was a dimension of Cold War competition that in many ways mattered more to the population at large than to political leaders
Episode 17 - East German Soft Power
The East German regime saw sport as a means to demonstrate the superiority of socialism over the capitalist system
David McDonald & James G. Hershberg
Episode 18 - 1972 Summit Series
Canada and the Soviet Union face-off in a historical eight-game series
Jane Brown Grimes
Episode 19 - "The Girl Who Got Away"
In 1986 world-famous tennis star Martina Navratilova returned home to Czechoslovakia eleven years after defecting to the United States
Episode 20 - The Black Spider
Soviet player Lev Yashin, nicknamed the "Black Spider," was one of the first international football stars
Episode 21 - Sport and Apartheid in South Africa
The history of sport in South Africa and its entanglement with the politics of Apartheid
Andrew D. Morris
Episode 22 - A Clash of Two "Chinas"
The People's Republic of China on the mainland and the Republic of China on Taiwan both competed for recognition at international sporting events
Mikhail Yu. Prozumenshchikov
Episode 23 – Brezhnev's Dream
Russia’s leading historian of sport tells the story of Brezhnev’s long-held dream of hosting the Olympics in Moscow.
Episode 24 - The World Youth Festival
The World Youth Festival was organized by the communist bloc in order to impress visitors from nonaligned and western countries.
Episode 25 - Pan-Asian Games
After peace returned to the Pacific region with the end of WWII, the Asian Games were founded as a symbol of peaceful Asian cooperatio
Episode 26 - Olympic "Professionals"
The Olympics were intended to showcase amateur athletics, yet the Soviet Union developed a highly "professional" sport system
Episode 27 - Sport in the PRC
Amanda Shuman explains how sport was promoted within the People's Republic of China and seen as an integral part of socialist politics and education.
Episode 28 - The Southeast Asian Peninsular Games
Sport and politics were deeply entwined in Southeast Asia during the Cold War.
Episode 29 - The African Friendship Games
The Friendship Games were an international competition organized by francophone African countries in the early 1960s.
Episode 30 - The Football War
Sport is often referred to as "war minus the shooting," but in one case in 1969 it helped ignite an actual armed conflict.
Mark S. Dyreson
Episode 31 - "Californication" of the Olympics
California became the center of American commercialization of the Olympics beginning with the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angele
Episode 32 - Politics at the Olympics
David Goldblatt dives deep into the origins, politics, and influence of the modern Olympic Games
Episode 33 - Carter's Olympic Boycott
Former CIA analyst David Kanin speaks about his experiences at the agency during the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow
Episode 34 - The Forgotten African Olympic Boycott
In 1976, twenty-five African countries boycotted the Montreal Olympics
Episode 35 - Sport in Divided Germany
The occupation and division of Germany following WWII created huge disruptions in the country's sport culture.
Episode 36 - China's Return to the Olympics
In the 1980s, the People's Republic of China returned to the Olympics after more than a twenty year absence.
Episode 37 - Emil Zátopek
Emil Zátopek was one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time and a hero in his homeland of Czechoslovakia
Episode 38 - Romania's Perfect 10 Gymnast
Fourteen-year-old Romanian Nadia Comăneci was the first gymnast ever to be awarded a "Perfect 10"
Episode 39 - Britain and the 1980 Olympics Boycott
The call for an international boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics created divisions in Britain
A. Ross Johnson
Episode 40 - Cold War Broadcasting
A. Ross Johnson, former director of Radio Free Europe, discusses sport journalism under the iron curtain.
Robert Edelman & Mikhail Prozumenshchikov
The Soviets Navigate the Olympics: Troubled Waters
Soviet sports officials dreamed of holding the Olympics in Moscow, but they got no traction with a party leadership that disdained sports
Vince Hunt is a journalist and documentary maker who has won many awards for his programs for the BBC