| Diplomatic History Lecture Series
Odd Arne Westad
"The Global Cold War"
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
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Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and one of the world's leading experts on the history of the Cold War. His main fields of interests are the international history of the Cold War and contemporary East Asian history.
Westad co-directs the LSE Cold War Studies Centre with Professor Michael Cox (Professor of International Relations). He is an editor of the journal Cold War History and the editor (with Professor Melvyn Leffler of the University of Virginia) of the forthcoming three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War.
Westad was awarded the 2006 Bancroft Prize for The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Other major books from recent years include The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (OUP, 2003; with Jussi Hanhimäki), Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1945-1950 (Stanford UP, 2003), and Reviewing the Cold War: Approaches, Interpretations, Theory (Routledge, 2000).
Westad studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Oslo before moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to work on his Ph.D. He became the Director of Research at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Oslo in 1991. He joined the London School of Economics as a Reader in International History in 1998 and became a Professor and Head of Department in 2004.
The main focus of his current research includes the history of China in transition from Cultural Revolution to the era of reform and the history of the 1970s in global politics.