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Cold War Research Network Meeting

  • Martin Bossenbroek
Date
Thursday 13 April 2017
Time
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
148

Who was to blame in the Cold War? In his latest book Fout in the koude oorlog: Nederland in tweestrijd, 1945-1989, award-winning historian Martin Bossenbroek (University of Utrecht) uses the polar opposites of conservative foreign minister Joseph Luns and left-wing filmmaker Joris Ivens to explore how the political norms and interpretations of the Cold War have changed over time. Who’s reputation comes out best?

The Cold War shaped political, social, and economic activity in the Netherlands for forty years, yet it does not have a prominent place in Dutch history curricula. The purpose of the Cold War Research Network, linking historians in Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht, is to stimulate new thinking on research and teaching in Cold War studies in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The study of the Cold War has moved far beyond the orthodox approach that centred on the bipolar contest between the United States and the Soviet Union. The recognition of the ‘global Cold War’ has drawn greater attention to the Third World / Global South. The role of non-state actors in international relations has questioned the primacy of the state in international relations. The ‘cultural turn’ has moved research on the Cold War into the study of everyday life between 1945-89.

How did pre-WW II trends feed into the Cold War contest, and how does the Cold War continue to influence international relations today?

This first meeting of the Cold War Research Network will open up discussion on the multiple directions of Cold War studies and the place of the Netherlands and Belgium therein. Future meetings will provide a space for presenting the latest Cold War research by Dutch and Belgian historians.

Contact: Giles Scott-Smith, g.scott-smith@hum.leidenuniv.nl

 

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