Media and the Cold War in the 1980s

Between Star Wars and Glasnost

  • Henrik G. Bastiansen
  • Martin Klimke
  • Rolf Werenskjold

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Henrik G. Bastiansen, Martin Klimke, Rolf Werenskjold
    Pages 1-17
  3. William M. Knoblauch
    Pages 19-42
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 339-346

About this book


The Cold War was a media phenomenon. It was a daily cultural political struggle for the hearts and minds of ordinary people—and for government leaders, a struggle to undermine their enemies’ ability to control the domestic public sphere. This collection examines how this struggle played out on screen, radio, and in print from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, a time when breaking news stories such as Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” program and Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of glasnost captured the world’s attention. Ranging from the United States to the Soviet Union and China, these essays cover photojournalism on both sides of the Iron Curtain, Polish punk, Norwegian film, Soviet magazines, and more, concluding with a contribution from Stuart Franklin, one of the creators of the iconic “Tank Man” image during the Tiananmen Square protests. By investigating an array of media actors and networks, as well as narrative and visual frames on a local and transnational level, this volume lays the groundwork for writing media into the history of the late Cold War.


Cold War history Media in the Cold War collapse of the Soviet Union Media and Politics Reagan's Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative Ronald Reagan Mikhail Gorbachev Mass media Cold War geo-politics James Bond GDR television East Germany photojournalism counterculture art Cold War journalism socialist television Tank Man Tiananmen Square Cold War discourse

Editors and affiliations

  • Henrik G. Bastiansen
    • 1
  • Martin Klimke
    • 2
  • Rolf Werenskjold
    • 3
  1. 1.Volda University CollegeVoldaNorway
  2. 2.New York UniversityAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  3. 3.Volda University CollegeVoldaNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98381-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98382-0
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