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The Cold War: Causes – History – Impact

An Exhibition by the Berlin Centre for Cold War Studies and the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany

Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies are jointly sponsoring an exhibition in 2016 about the causes, history, and impact of the Cold War. The exhibition comprises 22 DIN A1 exhibition panels, which are available in the following languages:

  • German (as a set of 22 printed DIN A1 posters)
  • English (as a printable PDF-file
  • French (as a printable PDF-file)
  • Russian (as a printable PDF-file)
  • Spanish (as a printable PDF-file)

The non-German versions are sponsored by DVV International.


Content of the Exhibition

Against the backdrop of tense relations between the East and West and talk of a possible return of the Cold War, this exhibition looks back at the second half of the 20th century, from the end of World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The exhibition examines the ideological, political, military, and economic causes of the Cold War from a global perspective. In doing so, it spotlights the nuclear arms race, the “hot” wars in the developing world, and the conflict resolution strategies of the 1970s and 1980s.
An exhibition by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and the Berlin Centre for Cold War Studies showcases 165 contemporary photos, documents and diagrams. During the exhibition, smartphone users can access contemporary footage related to the exhibition's themes by means of QR codes.

1Title13The Third-World Battlefield
2A New Cold War?14Beijing versus Moscow
3The Beginnings15Covert Operations
4The Fuel of the Cold War16Détente
5Tools of the Apocalypse17The Beginning of Self-Determination
6Showdown in Korea18A New Cold War
7The "Enemy" Within19Breaking the Vicious Cycle
8Search for a "Third Way"20The End of History?
9Contain, Liberate, Isolate21Legacy of the Cold War
10Protest and Resistance22Places of Remembrance
11On the Threshold of Nuclear War

Organizers and authors

The Berlin Centre for Cold War Studies, established in 2015, is a place of international scholarly exchange and research devoted to the Cold War, which had a global impact on the second half of the 20th century and whose effects can still be felt today.

Through extensive support for various projects and its own wide range of programs, the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany promotes a comprehensive reappraisal of the causes, history, and impact of the postwar communist dictatorships in East Germany and Europe.

The non-German versions of this exhibition were made possible with the support of the Federal Foreign Office and especially in cooperation with DVV International, the Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V., which cooperates with more than 200 civil society, government, and academic partners in the field of adult education in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

The author of the exhibition Prof. Bernd Greiner, a historian, political scientist, and Americanist born in 1952. Greiner teaches at Hamburg University. A researcher at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research since 1989, he is also director of the recently established Berlin Centre for Cold War Studies.

Dr Ulrich Mählert, born in 1968, is the exhibition's curator and head of Science and International Cooperation at the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany.

Dr Thomas Klemm, born in 1975, was responsible for designing the exhibition. A historian and art educator, he works as a freelance graphic artist and exhibition organizer in Leipzig.

How to order

German-language version: A printed German-language version can be ordered for a nominal charge of 30 € (VAT included); additional charges for shipping are 4 € within Germany, 15 € for other countries in the EU, and 40 € for addresses outside the EU. The posters will be delivered carefully rolled-up and must then be framed or mounted on exhibition boards. Orders for the German-language version can only be placed via the following website:

Foreign-language versions: The exhibition is currently available in English, French, Spanish, and Russian. These versions are available for download as a PDF print file. An accompanying twelve-page booklet, as well as a poster and card advertizing the exhibition, can also be downloaded as PDF files. Institutions hosting this exhibition are responsible for producing the exhibition (e.g., printing it on poster paper or plastic panels), as well as for any accompanying material, and will bear all costs associated with production. Since the photos contained in this exhibition are not licensed for use on the Internet, the exhibition may not be presented online. Schools and cultural and educational institutions that request the print files for download must guarantee that they will use these files exclusively for the production of this exhibition and that they will subsequently delete these files.

Copyright Matters!

Please note: If you order the printing data, you will have to acknowledge that you will use it solely to produce the exhibition and that you will delete it immediately afterwards. You will not provide the print data to any third parties (except when necessary for printing the exhibition), and you must guarantee that the print data will not be posted on the intra- or internet. Please be aware that the exhibition design, as well as the texts and images used in the exhibition, are copyrighted and that you have no right to use any of these texts and images for any other purpose whatsoever apart from the exhibition. Please be aware as well that the holders of the copyrights can pursue legal means against you if you do not abide by the stipulations of a written agreement you will be required to sign regarding the use of the text and images. You will also agree only to show the exhibition as a whole and not in part.


The sponsors of the exhibition realize that their potential partner institutions may have to provide an inspection copy of the exhibition for educational purposes or to acquire the cooperation of other institutions for the showing of the exhibition. The exhibition is therefore made available for such purposes as PDF-files in low resolution with pixelated photos. Please be aware that these PDF-files are the only versions that may be provided to third parties and/or posted on the intra- or internet.

English [2,9 MB]
French [2,9 MB]
Russian [2,9 MB]
Spanish [2,9 MB]

You can request the printing data here