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Repelling 'Muscovite Tentacles': The Trieste Crisis of May 1945, Anglo-American Relations, and the Coming of the Cold War

Repelling 'Muscovite Tentacles': The Trieste Crisis of May 1945, Anglo-American Relations, and the Coming of the Cold War
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Oct 21st, 3:00 pm End: Oct 21st, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Slavic Studies (FAS), Political Science, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Graduate student workshop by Susan Colbourn

The Centre for the Study of the United States is pleased to present a graduate student workshop:

Susan Colbourn, Ph.D. candidate, History

Repelling 'Muscovite Tentacles': The Triest Crisis of May 1945, Anglo-American Relations, and the Coming of the Cold War

As World War II came to a close in Europe, Yugoslav Partisan forces occupied the province of Venezia Giulia in direct contravention of Anglo-American plans for the post-war occupation of Italy. The ensuing Trieste Crisis pitted wartime allies against one another. This paper focuses primarily on the interaction between Washington and London over Trieste, as well as the influences and assumptions that shaped their policy decisions. Employing British and American archival material, Susan Colbourn’s research uses the Trieste Crisis to explore the uncertainty of 1945, when neither the Cold War nor the ‘special relationship’ between Washington and London was yet entrenched.

Susan Colbourn is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation examines the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s response to the transition from détente to the “second Cold War,” covering the period from 1977 to 1982.

Co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs

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