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Podcast: The Paradox of Increasing Cold War Research

Friday was concluded by a controversial plenary session on the ‘paradox of increasing cold war research’ in which Chair Arne Hofmann asked the panellists if the Cold War would still be considered the, or even a, crucial event of the twentieth century in the future as research in other areas such as environmentalism and decolonisation becomes more and more important in the historiography of 20th century international history. Anne Deighton, Arne Westad and the Matthew Jones debated the importance of the Cold War in understanding the events of the twentieth century and convincingly argued for its centrality.

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