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Seminar: The Anglo-American ‘Special Relationship’ in Jeopardy: US-UK relations since 1945

Start: Mar 2, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 2, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas

Alan Dobson (Swansea) - The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ continues to generate discussion and controversy almost seventy years after the phrase was first made famous by Winston Churchill in his ‘Iron Curtain’ speech delivered at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, in February 1946. In this paper, Professor Alan Dobson confronts the issue of just how special the ‘Special Relationship’ has been since the end of the Second World War and examines the main threats to Anglo-American harmony in that time. In particular, he focuses on three crises – in 1946, 1949 and 1976 – that were spawned by economic issues but that connected with issues of power, identity and status to pose a greater threat to the ‘special relationship’ than the better known Suez Crisis of 1956.

Panel: Public Health, Public Order and Public Morality: Historical and Methodological Perspectives on the Spatial Politics of Prostitution in London, Delhi and Lima

Start: Mar 4, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 4, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Julia Laite (Birkbeck), Stephen Legg (Nottingham), Paulo Drinot (UCL-Institute of the Americas) - This panel brings together scholars working on the history of prostitution in three different cities in order to explore the convergent and divergent experiences produced by the regulation of space and the regulation of sexuality in the twentieth century.

Panel discussion: Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America

Start: Mar 9, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 9, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Seminar: Canadian Constitution-making in the British World, 1864

Start: Mar 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 9, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Professor Phillip Buckner (University of New Brunswick) - Canadian historians have tended to view the Quebec Conference of 1864 from a nationalist perspective, focusing on how the various provincial delegations were able to reach the agreement embodied in the Quebec Resolutions. But the delegates who gathered together at Quebec City did not intend to create an independent nation-state. What they were creating was a larger British colony and although they assumed that Canada would become increasing autonomous over time, they were committed to Canada's continuing participation in a wider British World. It was this commitment which determined the basic framework of the agreement hammered out at the Quebec Conference. Certainly the desire to remain part of the British World was more strongly held by the Anglophone delegates but the Francophone delegates at Quebec shared the commitment to a form of government similar in principle to that of the United Kingdom and the vision of a Canada that would remain an integral part of a rapidly expanding British World.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: Surveying Nature in Late-Colonial Central America

Start: Mar 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Sophie Brockmann (ILAS), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - This paper explores the way in which information about nature was created in the Audiencia of Guatemala (c. 1780-1810). I will show how geographical and natural-historical knowledge was deeply shaped by traditional administrative practices, but that these practices were also interpreted in new ways in this period as administrators, priests and merchants mapped terrain, prospected for medicinal plants, and developed new infrastructure and agricultural initiatives. Information about landscapes and nature was drawn together for a variety of purposes that blended utility to the state and expressions of ‘Creole consciousness’ with economic and scholarly aims. These new practices ...


Panel: Globalising Latin American History: A Discussion of Transnational Approaches to the History of the Region

Start: Mar 11, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 11, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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Speakers: Tanya Harmer (Associate Professor of International History, LSE); Thomas Maier (PhD student, UCL Institute of the Americas); Juan Pablo Scarfi (Visiting Research Fellow, UCL Institute of the Americas) - In the last two decades there has been an influential global turn in historical studies. Departing from nation-centered approaches, historians have begun to devote greater attention to the history of globalisation and the movements of people, ideas and goods across national and regional boundaries as essential factors of historical change. The purpose of this panel is to discuss historiographical and methodological opportunities and challenges presented by the new field of global history, focusing on its implications for the study of Latin America in a global perspective. Speakers will consider the globalisation of Latin America's Cold War, the transnational history of social welfare in twentieth-century Latin America, and the rise of hemispheric and Latin American legal traditions of modern international law and human rights since the outbreak of the First World War.

The 2015 Richard E Neustadt Lecture on the American Presidency: John Dumbrell on 'Jimmy Carter and the USSR'

Start: Mar 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2015 8:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
John Dumbrell (Durham) - The détente of the 1970s came to an end during Jimmy Carter's presidency (1977-81) to be followed by a renewal of Cold War confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union. Drawing on newly released records, John Dumbrell explores how Carter's presidency sought to engage with the Soviet Union in pursuit of peace but ultimately decided that a reassertion of US military power was needed to curb the Kremlin's adventurism. In this regard Carter started the military build-up that Ronald Reagan would ultimately complete in order to compel the Soviets to recognize that they could not win a new arms race. The talk will also examine how Jimmy Carter's relationship with the Soviet leaders has parallels in today's Obama-Putin relationship and whether there are any lessons to be drawn from the past.
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