• Péter Marton
  • Csaba Békés


The period framed as the Cold War of the superpower-led blocs is a limitless treasure trove of hidden stories about people, places and processes hitherto underestimated in significance. It is often said that the study of political events ultimately leads towards a convergence of the historical and the social sciences-based approaches, the idiographic and the nomothetic. What could better exemplify this than the impact of the continuous unearthing of important but — at least in comparative terms — ignored subjects relating to Cold War history, resulting in a need to constantly revaluate the old evidence regarding established truths and narratives? The emergence of new pieces of fact and novel considerations feeds into just the kind of process-tracing analysis that is increasingly common in historical studies as well as the social sciences.


Author Biographies

Péter Marton

Péter Marton is the editor-in-chief of COJOURN.

Csaba Békés

Csaba BÉKÉS, Ph.D., D.Sc. (1957-) is a Research Chair in the Center of Social Sciences at the Institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest and serves as Professor of History at Corvinus University of Budapest. He is the founding director of the Cold War History Research Center, Budapest and a recurring visiting professor at Columbia University, New York. His main field of research is Cold War history, Hungarian foreign policy after World War II, and the role of the East Central European states in the Cold War. His recent publications include: “East Central Europe, 1953–1956” (2010), “Cold War, Détente and the Soviet Bloc. The evolution of intra -bloc foreign policy coordination, 1953–1975” (2014), “Hungary, the Soviet Bloc, the German question and the CSCE Process, 1965– 1975” (2016), “The Long Détente and the Soviet Bloc, 1953–1983” (2017). His latest book is: Soviet Occupation of Romania, Hungary, and Austria 1944/45–1948/49 (Co-ed.) (2015).