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3 million SEK for Cold War Coasts

December 14, 2017

The FORMAS Research Council recently accounced its decision to fund a research project of an unusual kind: “Cold War Coasts: The Transnational Co-Production of Militarized Landscapes“. Led by myself and set out to start next year, it will build on collaboration with two of my brilliant colleagues here in Stockholm: Kati Lindström from KTH and Anna Storm from Stockholm University/Södertörn  University College. The project will run until the end of 2021.

The project aims to reconstruct how the coasts of the Baltic Sea have been physically and socially shaped through transnational interaction across the Cold War divide from 1945 to today. Our hypothesis is that magnificent maritime landscapes such as Stockholm’s famous archipelago or Gotland’s desolate beaches cannot be properly understood without taking into account how potential enemy attacks from the opposite shores of the Baltic stimulated a far-reaching militarization of these Swedish coasts. Conversely, we will study the Cold War’s shaping of Estonia’s and Latvia’s coastscapes. The project will in this contribute to a fascinating new strand of research in the intersection between environmental history and military history.

Read more about the project on Formas’ website.

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