The sixty-ninth Anglo-American Conference of Historians, which will take
place on 5, 6 and 7 July 2000 in London, will be devoted to the subject of
"War and Peace". In so doing, it will seek to bring together two subjects,
central to human experience throughout history, and self-evidently
interconnected, which are usually (and understandably) treated
separately, but which also demand to be treated in an inter-related way.
Not for nothing was War and Peace the title of Tolstoy's greatest novel.
The conference intends to explore, in the broadest and most wide-ranging
historical way, the effects of war and peace on all aspects of society.
This may be taken to include: theories of peace and theories of war; the
culture of war and the culture of peace; the organisation of military
force and war, and of peace and of peacekeeping; the outbreak of war as
the end of peace, and the end of war as the beginning of peace; war (and
peace) as victory or defeat, conquest or occupation; pressure groups and
organisations for war and for peace; the costs of war and the costs of
peace; the historiography of war and the historiography of peace. It will
give attention to technology, education, government, religion and
propaganda as they influence, and are influenced by, war and peace.
The format of the conference will be a mixture of plenary and discussion
sessions, and submissions from younger scholars and graduate students are
especially encouraged. The conference will not be addressing the tactics
or strategy of war, and preference will be given to lectures and papers
concerned with the inter-relatedness of war and peace. Suggestions for
speakers, subjects and sessions are now being invited, as are proposals
(not more than three hundred words) for papers and lectures.
The deadline is 30 November 1999 and both suggestions and proposals
should be sent to Dr. Debra Birch.
Dr. Debra Birch
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
Fax: 0171-862-8811. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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