Please register via the link on the right.
- Full fee (includes coffee/tea and lunches): £50.00
- Student/concessions fee (includes coffee/tea and lunches): £25.00
Hannah Higgin (History/University of Cambridge)
Mark Miller (University of Cambridge)
Martin Albers (University of Cambridge)
Zhong Zhong Chen (LSE)
The conference seeks to examine the 'selling'
of Cold War-motivated policies to national audiences during the second
half of the twentieth century. At its core, the Cold War
was a global ideological conflict, pitting two uncompromising and often
messianic systems against one another, systems which both rejected
traditional European imperialism and which claimed to provide the
ultimate solution to problems of global instability and human
However, stemming from dual foundations of 'making the world safe
for democracy' on one hand and the Marxist theory of false consciousness
on the other, ideological diversions appeared on both sides of the Cold
War divide in order to confront changing international climates and
maintain the respective 'Grand Strategies' of global transformation in
line with each side's chosen systems of government and society.
When faced with complicated issues, such as internment, foreign
intervention or more general limits to human rights, the decisions were
often inconsistent with previous proclamations and in stark contrast to
the guiding principles of the system. In these instances (for example,
the support for a dictator like Pinochet or the Soviet invasion of
Czechoslovakia) justifications for questionable actions were created and
corresponding discussions held to decide which decisions could be made
public and which must remain classified. By examining these
controversial issues, one can not only understand how official policy
was transmitted through the mass media, but also dissect the
relationship between political ideology and the larger issue of Grand
While growing attention is paid to the public diplomacy of the
Cold War, less attention is paid specifically to how governments sold
policies to their own domestic public. This conference aims to
stimulate innovative and interdisciplinary thinking and dialogue on this
topic and to reach out to new networks of interest and new publics.
Supported by the Centre for Research in the
Arts, Humanities and Social
Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates
We are unable to arrange accommodation, however, the
following websites may be of help.
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage
CRASSH is not able to help with the booking
Administrative assistance: Helga Brandt
(Conference Programme Manager, CRASSH)