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Cold War Energy

A Transnational History of Soviet Oil and Gas

  • Jeronim Perović

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. From World War to Cold War: Soviet Oil and Western Reactions

  3. From Cold War to Détente: Soviet Energy and the Expansion of East–West Trade

  4. From Crisis to Collapse: Soviet Energy and the Burden of Empire

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 421-425

About this book


This book examines the role of Soviet energy during the Cold War. Based on hitherto little known documents from Western and Eastern European archives, it combines the story of Soviet oil and gas with general Cold War history. This volume breaks new ground by framing Soviet energy in a multi-national context, taking into account not only the view from Moscow, but also the perspectives of communist Eastern Europe, the US, NATO, as well as several Western European countries – namely Italy, France, and West Germany. This book challenges some of the long-standing assumptions of East-West bloc relations, as well as shedding new light on relations within the blocs regarding the issue of energy. By bringing together a range of junior and senior historians and specialists from Europe, Russia and the US, this book represents a pioneering endeavour to approach the role of Soviet energy during the Cold War in transnational perspective.


Oil Gas Energy Russia USSR Cold War Politics Power Technology Detente Economy Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeronim Perović
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

About the editors

Jeronim Perović is Professor of Eastern European History at the Department of History of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He specializes in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, as well as the history of the Balkans.

Bibliographic information


“The book is a welcome, rigorous, and much needed in-depth exploration of energy politics during the Cold War in Europe. Its geographical shortcomings are an invitation to continue and expand the study of the energy/Cold War nexus and its history and legacies, across and beyond its European core.” (Maurizio G. Totaro, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 70 (8), 2018)

“This volume is quite impressive. It covers much new territory, effectively utilizes previously inaccessible materials, and offers nuanced insights into Soviet and CMEA energy policies during the Cold War. … this book comes at an eminently fitting time.” (Nicholas Ostrum, EuropeNow,, December, 2017)