Mar 23, 2006    #057
Contact: Michelle Hopkins or Holly Milledge (Truman Presidential Museum and Library)
816-235-1592 (MH); 816-268-8245 (HM)

Kansas City Baby Boomers who lived through Cold War can witness firsthand as a new, multilateral Cold War history is penned by international leaders meeting at UMKC

Twenty-three eminent historians from around the world will convene at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Thursday, March 30 for a four-day conference whose purpose is to begin the work of writing a new history of the Cold War.

The event, “Conference for the Creation of an International History of the Cold War,” will offer two events that are open to the public:

  • Panel discussion, “The Cold War in International History,” Thursday, March 30, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Stack Auditorium, Royall Hall, 800 East 52nd St. Free and registration is not required.

  • Colloquium, “The Origins of the Cold War: An International Interpretation,” UMKC Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St., second floor, Friday, March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free, but registration is required. Call the Central Ticket Office, 816-235-6222.

    Baby Boomers grew up during the Cold War and will remember the daily headlines and the bomb shelter drills in school. Today, a more incisive history from a multilateral perspective is now possible because of increased availability of archived documents from the former Soviet Union and its allies. The twenty-three historians taking part in the conference will collaborate on the first volume of the Cambridge History of the Cold War, which is scheduled to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2009.

    Co-sponsors of the event are the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, and UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses and serving more than 14,000 graduate and professional students.

    “Sixty years after the beginning of the Cold War, historians can begin the task of writing a history that presents the Cold War as the immensely complex global phenomenon it was,” noted Michael Devine, Truman Library director. “The historians coming together for this conference are among the best in the world and promise to produce an interpretation of the Cold War that will long endure.”


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