Divided Memory and the “New Cold War” Thesis: The Rise and Decline of a Double-Edged Analogy

@article{Straughn2019DividedMA,
  title={Divided Memory and the “New Cold War” Thesis: The Rise and Decline of a Double-Edged Analogy},
  author={J. Straughn and Lisa C. Fein and Amelia Ayers},
  journal={Journal of Political & Military Sociology},
  year={2019},
  volume={46},
  pages={92-123}
}
During the last decade, renewed tensions between Russia and the West have inspired efforts to conceptualize current international relations in terms of a “new Cold War” (NCW). In this article, we explore the historical origins of the NCW analogy, its rise and decline in public discourse, and the terms of recent debates over its appropriateness. Whereas historical analogies are often employed to foster consensus, the NCW analogy is shown to be peculiarly divisive and double-edged—driving a wedge… Expand