During the Cold War, nations used sports to promote their political, social, and economic development. Between the end of World War II and the collapse of Communism, “Cold War sport” went beyond the bipolar U.S.A.-U.S.S.R. rivalry to also include Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With success and failure measured every four years at the Olympic Games, sport assumed more significance during the Cold War than at any other time in its history.
Robert Edelman is professor of Russian history and the history of sport at the University of California, San Diego.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies; the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Institute of East Asian Studies; the Institute of European Studies; the Institute of South Asian Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; the Center for African Studies; and the UCB History-Social Science Project.