IHDTC Conference 2017 – Programme

Second Annual International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century Conference, 19 May 2017, John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University

Below is the programme for our upcoming conference in two weeks. If you would like to attend, please click here to register your place.

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8.30-9.00

Keynote: 9.00-10.00: Dr Malcolm Craig (LJMU),Death Cults, Hottentots, and Mad Mullahs: Race, Religion, and The Bomb, 1945-2017’

Panel One, 10.00 to 11.30: Policies and perceptions of supranational organisations in the Twentieth Century (chaired by Dean Clay)

Emil Eiby Seidenfaden (Aarhus University), ‘Public Legitimization Strategies of the League of Nations, 1919-1925;

Dr Barbara Warnock (Birkbeck College, University of London), ‘The ‘First Bailout’ 1922: International Financial Diplomacy and the League of Nations in Austria’;

Dr Martin Ottovay Jorgensen (Aalborg University), ‘Linking International, Gender and Social History: What Does a Gendered Analysis of Everyday Life in the Gaza Strip Reveal of the First United Nations Peacekeeping Intervention, 1956-1967?’

Break: 11.30-11.45

Panel Two, 11.45 – 13.15: Cultures of British Foreign Policy, 1945-83  (chaired by Dan Feather)

James Southern (Queen Mary University/FCO), ‘The “Mystic Link Between Colour and Security”: Race and the British Foreign Office, 1945-1993’;

Adam Rolewicz (University of Kent), ‘Unfinished Business: Foreign Office Attitudes, the Brussels Breakdown and Britain’s Second Application for Membership of the EEC, 1964-7.’;

Nina Rogers (Liverpool Hope University), ‘Sport as foreign policy: International Sport and the Thatcher Administration (1979-1983).’

Lunch: 13.15-13.45

Panel Three A, 13.45 – 15.15: China in the Twentieth Century (chaired by Dr Mathew Hill)

Tom Harper (University of Surrey), ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes: China’s Global Position and how the Experiences of the 20th Century Shapes it’;

Dr Simon Hill (LJMU), ‘Glaswegians in China 1976-1977: The PRC’s Open Door Policy Reconsidered & the Legacy of British Imperialism’;

Christopher Wallis (Northumbria University), ‘Playing the China Card: Normalisation and the Bureaucratic Wars of the Carter Administration’.

Panel Three B, 13.45 – 15.15: The Falklands and Beyond: Perceptions and realities of British conflict 1982-2009  (chaired by James Brocklesby)

Dr Azriel Bermant (University of Tel Aviv), ‘A Chronicle of Failure Foretold: The UK’s Policy to Counter Arms Sales to Argentina’;

Louise Ann Clare (University of Manchester), ‘‘Gotcha’ and ‘Estamos Ganando’: Reflect or influence? British and Argentine newspapers and governments’ actions and policymaking during the Falklands’;

Mathew Jones (Keele University), ‘Britain’s Overseas Conflicts and the United Nations, 1982-2009: Reflections from the Mass Observation Project’.

Panel Four, 15.15 – 16.45: Developments in American Political and Foreign Affairs in the Cold War (Chaired by Todd Carter)

Darius Wainwright (University of Reading), ‘Selling the American Way of Life: The United States and the Teaching of the English Language in Iran, 1953-58’;

Dafydd Townley (University of Reading), ‘The Late, Late Candidate: Frank Church, the CIA, and the 1976 Democratic Nomination’;

Elliot Newbold (University of Nottingham), ‘The “Perfect Place to Win Friends and Influence People”: Paul V. McNutt, the Cold War, and the Fledgling Philippine State, 1945-1947’.

Closing thanks – Drinks reception to follow

Call for papers: International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century Conference 2017

On 19th May 2017 Liverpool John Moores University will host the second annual International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century conference. After the success of last year’s conference, we are looking to continue again with the wide-range of themes relevant to international history and diplomacy in the twentieth history. The aim of this year’s symposium is to gather a range of academics from all relevant disciplines who have international history, diplomacy, politics, humanitarianism and human rights history as their main subjects of interest to share their research in a multi-disciplinary environment.


The twentieth century was shaped by the changing dynamics of international relations. The first half of the century was dominated by the old European Imperial powers and the rivalry between these nations that ultimately lead to the outbreak of two world wars. The aftermath of the Second World War however had a monumental effect on the balance of power; by the early 1960s most of these empires were no more, replaced by the nation state model. The power vacuum this created was filled by the new superpowers – the United States and the Soviet Union. This new bipolar world led to what has been referred to as a ‘Cold War’ between the capitalist USA and communist Soviet Union, as both tried desperately to find client states who subscribed to their ideological stance. Since the end of the Cold War, the world has changed dramatically; the USA is now essentially a unipolar superpower and we live in an ever more interconnected world. However, this has not solved many of the problems; despite efforts to resolve conflict and alleviate poverty, these issues are still a stain on the modern world. It is the responsibility of political leaders around the world to confront these challenges. Therefore, this conference will analyse the various themes surrounding international history and diplomacy during the twentieth century, with the aim of facilitating discussion and disseminating new ideas on these topics.


The conference organisers invite both twenty-minute paper proposals and complete panel submissions from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as journalists, politicians, think tanks and those in related fields on topics relevant to the conference. Panels are expected to include a chair and consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 150-word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. Please send 300-word proposals, with a few descriptive keywords, to the conference email: editor.ihdtc@gmail.com


All submissions for inclusion must be received by Friday 7th April 2017. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday 14th April 2017. Updates regarding the conference will be posted to the IHDTC website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for transportation expenses.


Keynote speaker

Dr Malcolm Craig (Liverpool John Moores University)


Organising Committee
Dean Clay (Liverpool John Moores University)
Dan Feather (Liverpool John Moores University)
James Brocklesby (Liverpool John Moores University)
Todd Carter (University of Oxford)