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Cold War "battles" at a community level. Peace Corps Volunteers in Chile

Dr Fernando Purcell, Dr Tanya Harmer (chair)
12 January 2011, 6.30pm, Room B212

peaceCorpsThis presentation will examine the work and experiences of hundreds of United States Peace Corps volunteers who served in Chile during the 1960s and early 1970s. Paying attention to the interaction of volunteers with Chilean people, to their multiple interests and contradictions and to their motivations for becoming volunteers, it will evaluate the way in which the global Cold War was experienced at a community level. Moreover, the presentation will discuss the similarities and differences to what happened at national and regional levels. This is part of an ongoing research project that combines both a diplomatic as well as a socio-cultural approach and incorporates non-state actors to understand the global Cold War in South America.



Fernando Purcell is assistant professor and vice-chair of the History Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Davis, where he specialized in U.S. History. His research interests include the impact of Hollywood movies in Chile during the 20th century and the experiences of US Peace Corps in Chile during the 1960s.


Tanya Harmer is head of the Latin American International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS: Diplomacy and Strategy.


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