CFP: Sites of Contest: Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and the Global South

Culture has served as a “weapon of the struggle” during the Cold War. It played a central role in leftist literary circles, socialist realist poetry and muralism, as well as in the CIA-backed Congress for Cultural Freedom, whose artist groups embraced Abstract Expressionism and modernist poetry.

CFP: Sites of Contest: Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and the Global South

Culture has served as a “weapon of the struggle” during the Cold War. It played a central role in leftist literary circles, socialist realist poetry and muralism, as well as in the CIA-backed Congress for Cultural Freedom, whose artist groups embraced Abstract Expressionism and modernist poetry.

CFP: Sites of Contest: Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and the Global South

Culture has served as a “weapon of the struggle” during the Cold War. It played a central role in leftist literary circles, socialist realist poetry and muralism, as well as in the CIA-backed Congress for Cultural Freedom, whose artist groups embraced Abstract Expressionism and modernist poetry.

CFP: Sites of Contest: Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and the Global South

Culture has served as a “weapon of the struggle” during the Cold War. It played a central role in leftist literary circles, socialist realist poetry and muralism, as well as in the CIA-backed Congress for Cultural Freedom, whose artist groups embraced Abstract Expressionism and modernist poetry.

CFP: LSE International History Research Seminar (HY509)

We are pleased to invite proposals for the Michaelmas term session of the LSE International History Research Seminar (HY509).

The seminar welcomes presentations on any aspect of – or approach to – international, global and world history, broadly defined, with a focus on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The seminar is an ideal environment to present research at an early stage and meet LSE faculty members and other graduate students.

Re: Case Closed

Re Hiroshima:

The alternative to The Bomb was brought home to me some time back in the person of one of my undergraduate students, a beautiful, brilliant Japanese woman who had married an American after the war. She told be that she was 8 eight years old :in nineteen-forty five, and that she and her classmates were practicing bayonet drill on the beeches to meet the anticipated US invasion. After several weeks of this vicious nonsense, they wee told to stand down, immediately after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Re: Case Closed

John Kuehn asked:
why do the hydra-headed children of the Cold War revisionists continue to rise?

Well, what are the incentives?
1) Cold war revisionism sells well in the left-leaning parts of academia and publishing.
2) Some who study history bring their biases to the analysis of the data.
3) It seems to me that it is quite possible that, during the cold war, Soviet money provided "seed capital" for some such studies.

Re: Case Closed

Really did not wish to get involved in this discussion here on reason[s] for end of Pacific War in WW II. Knowing the [some] members views on McCullough's history writings, without seeing the actual original records and documents, and relying on his secondary source as accurate, do not reach any other conclusion than the H-Diplo discussion does a disservice to the actual history.

Re: Case Closed

None of that seems particularly clear cut to me. Did the Japanese Army in China think it could exist without Japan? Those forces were as cut off and impotent,strategically, as any island garrison rotting in the Pacific.

And hoping Russia would mediate the war doesn't sound like the feared Russian involvement. I understand Russia and Japan have had a long standing rivalry, that the same tensions that exploded in the 1905 war still existed. But did they trump the reality of Japan, sealed off, starving,m bombed daily, facing invasion?

Re: Case Closed

John Stobo wroter

>>I wonder why the argument for dropping the bomb has to be motivated by just the one reason, and not several. The argument, strident it is, that the bomb, was dropped only to end the war asap and save lives of American soldiers seems not the best historical reasoning. Why can't there be other reasons?

There are no other reasons because President Truman was not dealing
with a rational polity.

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