Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2011

In Osteuropa 2-3/2011
Teil des Dossiers Technik und Utopie

Polarisation of Soviet History
The Antarctic in the Cold War

Klaus Gestwa

Deutsche Fassung


As a space lacking culture and history, the Antarctic secured its place on the political map only in the 1950s. Covered by a dense net of research stations and protected by international agreement, the icy sixth continent became a unique, exemplary global space. The Antarctic offered a fabulous projection surface on which the “socialist community” could show itself. At the South Pole, the eastern bloc in small format soon seemed no longer an imaginary but a lived community.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2011, pp. 271–288)