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In the thirty years after it ended, the Cold War has continued to fascinate scholars and the public alike. From new information from archives all over the world, to changing perspectives on its place in the international history of the 20th century, and controversy over its impact on the early 21st century, the Cold War has generated a great deal of scholarship and commentary. This symposium, connected to the start of work on a new encyclopedia, aims to take stock.

Detail Summary
Date 24 May 2019
Time 13:00 - 17:30
Location University Library


Roundtable I: What was the Cold War? The Many Dimensions of the East-West Conflict.

Chair: Anne-Isabelle Richard (Leiden University)
Speakers: Giles Scott-Smith (Leiden University); Laurien Crump (Utrecht University); Michael Hopkins (Liverpool); Artemy Kalinovsky (UvA)
discussion with the audience

Roundtable II: How important was the Cold War in the International History of the twentieth century?

Chair: Paschalis Pechlivanis (Utrecht University)
Speakers: Angela Romano (EUI); Frank Gerits (Utrecht University); Pete Millwood (LSE); Simo Mikkonen (University of Jyväskylä)
discussion with the audience


All sessions are free and open to the public. For the afternoon register at:


University Library, Belle van Zuylenzaal

University Library

Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam


Evening program in Spui 25

Keynote conversation "The Cold War Is Never Over": Legacies Of The Cold War In 2019

Speakers: Piers Ludlow (LSE); Arnout Brouwers (Volkskrant); Arie Elshout (Volkskrant)
discussion with the audience


Please register through the Spui 25 website


Organized by the Cold War Research Network

Sponsored by the Amsterdam School Of Historical Studies, ARTES/European Studies Group-UvA, Routledge Publishers, Spui 25/FGW-UvA

Cold War Research Network

The Cold War Research Network is organized by three Dutch universities: The University of Amsterdam (Ruud van Dijk), Utrecht University (Laurien Crump) and Leiden University (Giles Scott-Smith), to bring together researchers and students who are interested in the latest approaches to Cold War history and its place in 20th century international history.

Events are held each academic year on a rotating basis at each of the participating universities.

Mr dr. R. (Ruud) van Dijk PhD

Faculty of Humanities

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