International History & Diplomacy Conference 2019
On 31 May 2019 Liverpool John Moores University will host the fourth annual International History and Diplomacy conference. Established in 2015, the aim of IHD is to provide an accessible, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating forum for doctoral candidates, early career researchers and established academics in which to showcase, reflect upon, and discuss their research findings within international history and diplomacy in the twentieth century. 2019’s symposium will explore the global south during the Cold War, seeking to explore how the conflict operated in the developing world, including how this was further complicated by deep rooted pre-existing tensions in these regions. It will examine the complex interrelationships between the USA, Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China, all of which sought client states in the newly decolonised world.
Papers at the conferene will discuss a range of Cold War themes and sbjects, ranging from ideology in the global south, social, political and ethnic tensions within newly independent countries, and how events in these nations impacted the nature of the East-West conflict. As Odd Arne Westad argues in the Cambridge History of the Cold War, the opening of more archives throughout the world since the early 1990s has ‘meant real advances for historians’, it is now possible ‘to situate the Cold War within the wider history of the twentieth century in a global perspective.’ There is now an opportunity to reflect on the Cold War from a much broader viewpoint, offering new insights into the truly international nature of this conflict.
We hope to see you there!