Conference 2012

6-8 September 2012

The Group
The British International History Group is organised under the auspices of the British International Studies Association (BISA). The Association acts as a professional body for teachers, researchers and practitioners interested in the area of International Studies, including International History. The Annual Conference of the British International History Group brings together International Historians from a variety of backgrounds and offers them the opportunity to exchange views.

The Conference
The main work of the conference takes place in panels with four sessions on Friday and Saturday mornings. There will also be two keynote lectures on the first and second evenings and a plenary session on Friday afternoon. The Annual General Meeting will be held during the conference.

Keynote Lecture – Thursday 6 September – 19.15-20.15
Professor Geoff Berridge, University of Leicester: ‘Diplomacy and Journalism in the Victorian era: Charles Dickens, the Roving Englishman and the “white gloved cousinocracy”’.

First Panel Session - Friday 7 September - 9.15-10.45

Panel A
David Nickles, U.S Department of State, ‘Britain’s attack on Copenhagen (1807) and the Origins of the War of 1812’.
Aleksander Dańda, University of Kracow, ‘The Treaty of Wiatangi: a specific case of nation-founding mythos’.
Matthew Brand, University of East Anglia, ‘The role played by conservative refugees in British politics, c. 1848-1850’.

Panel B
Giorgio Potí, European University Institute, Florence, ‘The international resonance of the British repression of the Iraqi revolt in 1919-1921 and the French reaction to the Great Syrian Revolt in 1925-1927’.
Carly Beckerman-Boys, University of Birmingham, ‘Party politics, Zionist lobbying: A Poliheuristic analysis of the Passfield White Paper reversal, 1930’.
Matthew Longland, University of Nottingham, ‘Self-government and British rule in Palestine, 1920-1936’.

Panel C
Gill Bennett, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ‘Decision Making in British foreign policy’.
Mark Gilbert, Johns Hopkins University, ‘Progressive intellectuals [Kingsley Martin, G.D.H. Cole, Harold Laski et al] and their foreign policy before and during the Second World War’.
Saho Matsumoto-Best, City University Nagoya, ‘The Round table and the British Commonwealth’.

Panel D
John Young, University of Nottingham, ‘What use is the diplomatic corps? The experience of Ambassador David Bruce at London, 1961-1969’.
Andrew Holt, University of Exeter, ‘Oliver Wright and British foreign policy, 1963-1964’.
Kevin Ruane, Canterbury Christ Church University, ‘The Hidden History of Graham Greene’s Vietnam War: Fact and Fiction and The Quiet American’.

Second Panel Session - Friday 7 September - 11.15-12.45

Panel A
Daniel Hucker, University of Nottingham, ‘The Public, the Press and preserving the Peace: Influences on British policy at the Peace Conferences at The Hague, 1899 and 1907’.
Matthew Seligmann, University of Northampton, ‘The British trade dimension to the Anglo-German Naval Race before 1914’.
Scott Keefer, London School of Economics, ‘Great Britain and Arms Control in the Southern Cone [Argentine-Chile], 1902-1903’.

Panel B
Simone Pelizza, University of Leeds, ‘Settling the Adriatic Affair: The New Europe, Italy and the Yugoslav Movement, 1915-1918’.
Denis Clark, University of Oxford, ‘Britain and Poland at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919: The Unspoken Assumptions’.
Pablo de Hierro, European University Institute, Florence, ‘Meddling in Spanish-Italian relations: The British struggle to maintain its hegemony in the Mediterranean region, 1943-1957’.

Panel C
Tomila Lankina, De Montfort University, ‘Mission or Empire, Word or Sword? The Human Capital legacy in Post-Colonial Democratic Development’.
Nicole Seymour, University of Warwick, ‘The role of gender in constructing and legitimating Imperialism’.
Alex Sutton, University of Warwick, ‘Malayan Independence and British Imperialism’.

Panel D
Paul Corthorn, Queen’s University Belfast, ‘The Cold War and British debates over the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics’.
Helen Parr, University of Keele, ‘British soldiers in the Falklands War, 1982’.
Richard Smith, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ‘A lesson in how not to conduct alliance business: Britain and the West Siberian gas pipeline dispute of 1982’.

Third Panel Plenary Session – Friday 7 September - 14.00-16.00
Professor Len Scott, University of Aberystwyth, ‘Forty Years After: The Cuban Missile Crisis’.

Keynote Lecture – Friday 7 September – 18.45-19.45
Professor John Gooch, University of Leeds, ' "Italiani sunt imbelles": Italy's military record, 1861-1945'

Fourth Panel Session - Saturday 8 September - 9.15-10.45

Panel A
Conan Fischer, University of St Andrews, ‘Political Catholicism and Franco-German relations during the inter-war years’.
Neil Fleming, University of Worcester, ‘Diehard Conservatism and British Appeasement, 1933-1939’.
Neil Forbes, Coventry University, ‘The British Post Office, the development of the telecommunications business, and international diplomacy in the inter-war years’.

Panel B
Paul Doerr, Acadia University, ‘Laurence Collier: Foreign Office Dissident’.
Kaarel Piirimae, Estonian National Defence College, ‘Estonia, the Soviet Union and the struggle for British public opinion, 1941-1944’.
Robert Knight, University of Loughborough, ‘Memory and Conspiracy: The British hand-over of the Cossacks revisited’.

Panel C
Jamie Perry, University of Birmingham, ‘Powerless and Frustrated: Britain’s relationship with China during the opening years of the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1939’.
Jonathan Colman, University of Salford, ‘Britain and the India-Pakistan Conflict: The Rann of Kutch Crisis, 1965’.
Sung-yeung Kim, University of Sheffield, ‘America’s Bismackian Diplomacy towards East Asia and Korean and Japanese responses, 1969-1976’.

Panel D
Graham Jevon, University of Oxford, ‘Anglo-Jordanian relations and the Dismissal of Glubb, 1956: Making informal empire a little less formal’.
Grant Dawson, University of Aberystwyth, ‘Britain’s role in the international interventions in Libya in 2011: A failed outcome for a flawed policy’.
Natalie Martin, University of Loughborough, ‘Turkey, the E.U. and the role of the “well placed Brits”, 1999-2004’.

Fifth Panel Session - Saturday 8 September - 11.15-12.45

Panel A
Takeshi Sugawara, University of East Anglia, ‘On behalf of the League of Nations and the Committee of Imperial Defence: Arthur Balfour and the end of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, 1919-1923’.
Antony Best, London School of Economics, ‘Interpreting the New Order in East Asia: The City of London and British policy towards the Sino-Japanese war, 1937-1939’.
Douglas Ford, University of Salford, Strategic culture and war preparations against Japan, 1919-1941: The Experience of the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy’.

Panel B
David Varey, Royal Military College of Canada, ‘The French Connection: Honest Brokerage , the Foreign Office and the World Disarmament Conference, 1932-1934’.
Emily Haire, Queen’s University Belfast, ‘Anglo-French intelligence liaison and the Spanish Civil War’.
Sarah Ann Frank, Trinity College Dublin, ‘Franco-German negotiations and colonial prisoners of war (CPOWS), 1942-1944’.

Panel C
Kai Bruns, University of Keele, ‘U.N. Conference realities in the 1960s: Britain and the negotiation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations’.
Eirini Karamouzi, London School of Economics, ‘Explaining the second enlargement: The rationale behind the Nine’s acceptance of Greece’s application for E.E.C. membership, 1975-1976

Panel D
John Kentleton, University of Liverpool, ‘Franklin Roosevelt in Retropect’.
Toshihiko Aono, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, ‘Leading from behind: Anglo-American diplomacy and third party mediation during the Cuban Missile Crisis’.
Simon Rofe, School of Oriental and African Studies, ‘Presidential Peacemaking: President George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War, 1989-1991’.

Thursday, 6 September
1430 onwards - Arrival at De Montfort University, report to reception
1830 Wine Reception
1900 Keynote Lecture
2015 Dinner
Friday, 7 September
0800-0900 Breakfast 1400-1600 Plenary Session
0915-1045 First Panel Session 1600-1630 Tea
1045-1115 Coffee 1630-1730 BIHG AGM
1115-1245 Second Panel Session 1845 Keynote Lecture, Wine Reception
1245-1345 Lunch 2000 Conference Dinner
Saturday, 8 September
0800-0900 Breakfast 1115-1245 Fifth Panel Session
0915-1045 Fourth Panel Session 1245 Lunch
1045-1115 Coffee

General Information

Accommodation and Sessions
The conference will be held at De Montfort University. Sessions will be held entirely within the Hugh Aston Building where lunch and refreshments will also be served. The Conference Dinner will take place at the Grand Hall, St Martins House Conference Centre

Accommodation is available at Grosvenor House, which is two minutes walk from the De Montfort campus. It consists of apartments with 3 to 6 en suite bedrooms; breakfast is not provided. Bookings can be made online via

Alternative accommodation is available at local hotels: Ramada Encore (Leicester) – approximately 10 minute walk to De Montfort University, is available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis for discounted rates; quote code DEM0609. Other hotels located close to the De Montfort campus include Travelodge (Leicester Central, Vaughan Way) – approximately 10 minute walk to De Montfort University; Holiday Inn (St Nicholas Circle, Leicester) – approximately 5-10 minute walk to De Montfort University; Holiday Inn Express (next to Leicester City Football Club) – about 10-15 minute walk to De Montfort University; Premier Inn (St Georges Way, Leicester) next to Leicester train station.

Registration will take place at the main Hugh Aston Reception from 14.30 to 18.00 on Thursday 6 September 2012. Delegates will receive full documentation on registration.

Conference Fees and Charges
Fees and charges will be: Conference Fee which is payable by all delegates; Full Conference Meal Package or individual meal requirements. See booking form.

Please indicate your requirements on the booking form and return to: Professor Glyn Stone, BIHG Secretary, Department of Arts, University of the West of England Bristol, St Matthias Campus, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2JP.

Payment can be made as follows:
Cheque payable to British International History Group direct to Professor Stone
Bank [BACS] transfer
Prior invoice from the BIHG
If a booking receipt is required you should contact

Travelling by air
There are 2 local airports: East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport

Travelling by train
Leicester has direct transport links to London and both East Midlands and Birmingham airports. For information on times and prices please visit:

Approximate cost of single journey to De Montfort University from Leicester railway station is £5.00.
ABC (24 hour service) T: (0116) 255 5111 Swift (24 hour service) T: (0116) 262 8222 (Freephone available at Leicester railway station)

Car parking
There is limited car parking at the University and this is based on a first come, first served basis. There are a number of car parks within walking distance to De Montfort University. Please refer to campus location map for locations.

Things to do and see
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