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The American Century? International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth...

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In broad terms, as its name would suggest, the third annual International History & Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century symposium is dedicated to the study of diplomatic practice, statecraft, international relations and foreign policy-making in a global and/or transnational historical context. As such, the organising committee has prioritized the inclusion of papers and panel proposals which offer a mixture of traditional and fresh approach to the study of foreign affairs in all its varied forms and formats.

Mindful of the Rothermere American Institute’s overarching research aim – of promoting ‘greater public and academic understanding of the history, culture and politics of the United States’ – we are particularly keen to encourage more specialised proposals focusing upon the history of America’s relations with the wider world in the twentieth century. Within this broad investigative framework, this year, IHD20C will explore the concept of ‘The American Century’ – a phrase first coined by media impresario Henry Luce, in a Life Magazine editorial, in February 1941, arguing not just for an end to US isolationism and entry into the Second World War, but also for the United States to assume what he judged to be its natural and rightful role as a ‘global moral beacon’ in world affairs. It will be a central objective of this symposium to assess the validity of this concept in American foreign relations; to analyse its importance to grand or established narratives and perceptions of twentieth century American history, and to ponder whether the election of Donald Trump to the White House in January 2017, does in fact mark, in the words of one commentator for The Atlantic Monthly, ‘…the death knell of the American Century’.

A complete panel-by-panel breakdown of this year’s proceedings can be found on the IHD20C website.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Michael Patrick Cullinane (University of Roehampton)

Plenary address:

Mr Lawrence Whitehead (Senior Research Fellow, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford)

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