During the Cold War, jazz became a cultural weapon that was employed by both sides. In the Eastern Bloc countries, new jazz scenes emerged. This volume explores the history and roles of jazz in Poland, the German Democratic Republic (GDR), Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Soviet Union, and the Baltic States by means of several case studies.
Gertrud Pickhan is a Professor of East Central European History at the Institute for East European Studies at Freie Universitat Berlin. Rudiger Ritter holds a PhD in History of East and East Central Europe and Musicology. They have conducted a research project at the Freie Universitat Berlin on Jazz under State Socialism.