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Rocky Mountain College
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Russia, former Soviet Union, sport, Olympics, cultural diplomacy, Cold War
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Recent Publications


Jenifer Parks, The Olympic Games, the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy, and the Cold War: Red Sport, Red Tape (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2016).


Refereed Journal Articles

“Promoting Authority through Sport by States and Societies of Eastern Europe,” Handbuch der Sportgeschichte Osteuropas, (2014).

“‘Nothing but Trouble’: The Soviet Union’s Push to ‘Democratise’ International Sports during the Cold War, 1959-1962,” The International Journal of the History of Sport 30.13 (2013).


Book Chapters

“Welcoming the Third World: Soviet Sports Diplomacy, Developing Nations and the Olympic Games,” in Heather L. Dichter and Andrew L. Johns, eds., Diplomatic Games: Essays on the International History of Sport and Foreign Relations since 1945 (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).

“‘Za Druzhbu: Auf die Freundschaft!’ Sowjetisch-Amerikanische Sportbegegnungen in der sowjetischen Sportpresse,” in Evelyn Mertin and Christoph Bertling, eds., Freunde oder Feinde? Sportberichterstattung in Ost und West während des Kalten Krieges (Köln: Gütersloh Medienfabrik Gütersloh, 2013).

“Verbal Gymnastics: Sports, Bureaucracy, and the Soviet Union’s Entrance into the Olympic Games, 1946-1952,” in Stephen Wagg and David Andrews, eds., East Plays West: Sport and the Cold War (London and New York: Routledge, 2006).


Book Reviews

Review of William D. Frank, Everyone to Skis!: Skiing in Russia and the Rise of Soviet Biathlon, Sport History Review 45.2 (2014).

Review of Gold, John R.; Gold, Margaret M., eds., Olympic Cities: Urban Planning, City Agendas and the World’s Games, 1896 to the present. H-Urban, H-Net Reviews. May, 2011. URL: http://www.h

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Russia and former Soviet Union
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Russia, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Politics, Sports