Conference 2016

Last year’s inaugural conference was a complete success! Attendees heard papers delivered on several interesting topics, ranging from Anglo-American relations in Rhodesia in the 1970s to the rights of self-determination of peoples. We hope this year’s conference is just as good!

Below is a list of the titles of the papers given along with abstracts:

Keynote: Professor Nick White, ‘Entrepreneurship, the Cold War and Decolonisation: Australia’s “Mystery Millionaires” and Malaya’s Iron Ore’.

Panel One: The First World and its legacy in international relations history (chaired by Dean Clay)

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International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century Postgraduate Conference, 15 July 2016

Here is the final programme for our conference on 15th July 2016. Thank you to all those who submitted abstracts.

If you would like to attend the conference, please click on this link.

International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century Postgraduate Conference, 15 July 2016, G23, John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University

Registration: 9:00-9:30

Welcome: 9:30

Keynote: 9:40 – 10:30, Professor Nick White, ‘Entrepreneurship, the Cold War and Decolonisation: Australia’s “Mystery Millionaires” and Malaya’s Iron Ore’.

Panel One, 10:30 to 12:00: The First World and its legacy in international relations history (chaired by Dean Clay)

Alex Bryne (University of Nottingham), ‘What we owe the Monroe Doctrine: Maintaining and reframing the Monroe Doctrine during WWI’.

Tom Phillips (University of Liverpool), ‘The colonial heritage of the right of self-determination of peoples’.

Preston Arens (University of Waterloo), ‘Among the great powers: Imperial Japan’s quest for equality at the Paris Peace Conference’.

Lunch: 12:00-12:30

Panel Two, 12:30 – 14:00: Britain, the Commonwealth and diplomacy in the developing world, 1948-1979 (chaired by Dan Feather)

Katie Griffiths (University of Nottingham), ‘British propaganda and the threat of communism in China 1948-50’.

Mathew Battey (Institute of Commonwealth Studies), ‘The Commonwealth and postcolonial development networks, 1967-78’.

Todd Carter (University of Oxford), ‘‘Threats, bribes, promises and lies…’: Britain, America and the ‘poison chalice’ of progress in Rhodesia, 1977-79’.

Coffee Break 14:00-14:30

Panel three, 14:30 – 16:00: Perceptions and realities of British diplomacy, 1967- 2014 (chaired by James Brocklesby)

Lindsay Aqui (Queen Mary University), ‘’From hope to uncertainty’, Britain’s first year in the EEC, January to December 1973’.

James Southern (Queen Mary University/FCO), ‘’No homosexuals should apply’, the sexuality bar at the FCO, 1967-1991’.

Matt Jones (Keele University), ‘Popular understanding of leadership in British conflict since 1982: Evidence from the Mass Observation Report’.

Closing thanks – Drinks reception to follow