'We have allowed our decisions to be determined by political considerations': The early Cold War in the International Ski Federation

Date

2017-08-17

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ISSN

1746-0263

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Publisher

Taylor and Francis

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Like other international federations after the Second World War, the International Ski Federation (FIS) received an application from the Soviet Union and both German states for recognition. As one of the earliest international federations to recognise East Germany separately – and as a full member – alongside West Germany, FIS was then forced to confront the Cold War numerous times over the next two decades. Actions taken by FIS as Cold War lines hardened brought politics into the federation’s business, and the federation faced multiple challenges as it attempted to negotiate the Cold War following the recognition of these states.

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Keywords

sport history, skiing, cold war, diplomacy, East Germany, Soviet Union, USSR, West Germany, international sport

Citation

Heather L. Dichter, (2017) ‘We have allowed our decisions to be determined by political considerations’: The early Cold War in the International Ski Federation. Sport in History, 37 (3), pp. 290-308.

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Research Institute

Institute of History