This one-day conference will examine the role and legacy of Dag Hammarskj÷ld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in relation to decolonisation in the 1950s-60s, in the context of global power shifts, the Cold War, and white supremacist movements. It will look at the experience of newly-independent countries joining the UN, and across the European powers, specifically France, Belgium and Britain. The conference is timed to mark the 50th anniversary of Hammarskj÷ld's death in a plane crash in Zambia.
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