No studies currently exist on consuls and consulates (often dismissed as lowly figures in the diplomatic process) in the Cold War. Research into the work of these overlooked 'poor relations' offers the chance of new perspectives in the field of Cold War studies, exploring their role in representing their country’s interests in far flung and unexpected places and their support for particular communities of fellow nationals and itinerant travellers in difficulties. These unnoticed actors on the international stage played far more complicated roles than one generally imagines.
Contributors are: Tina Tamman, David Schriffl, Ariane Knuesel , Lori Maguire, Laurent Cesari, Sue Onslow, Pedro Aires Oliveira, David Lee, and Marek Hańderek.
Sue Onslow, PhD, London School of Economics, is Director and Reader in Commonwealth History at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has published extensively on the Cold War in Southern Africa. Her latest book, co-written with Martin Plaut, is Robert Mugabe (Ohio University Press, 2018).
Lori Maguire, D.Phil Oxon, is Professor of British and American Studies at the University of Reims in France. She has published extensively in both French and English on the cultural Cold War and on Vietnam. Her latest book, co-edited with Susan Ball and Sébastien Lefait is Modern Representations of Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge 2020).
Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Graduate Institute Geneva
Marco Wyss, Lancaster University
Nigel Ashton, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Mark P. Bradley, The University of Chicago
Anne Deighton, University of Oxford
Mario del Pero, Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP) (Paris)
Bernd Greiner, Berlin Center for Cold War Studies
Tanya Harmer, London School of Economics and Political Science
Hope M. Harrison, The George Washington University
Wolfgang Mueller, University of Vienna
Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge
Sergey Radchenko, Cardiff University
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Notes on Contributors
Sue Onslow and Lori Maguire
1 Consuls and Their Near Cousins
Sue Onslow and Lori Maguire
PART 1: Europe
2 The Accidental Consul: August Torma in Charge of Estonian Consular Affairs in London
3 The Austrian Consulate General in Bratislava during the Cold War
4 “The Tea Merchant Has Returned”: The Intelligence Activities of the Chinese Consulate-General in Geneva
5 The North Vietnamese Trade Delegation in Paris: A Little-Known Actor in the Vietnam Conflict
PART 2: East and South Asia
6 Business as (Almost) Usual: The French Consulate General in Saigon during the Break of Diplomatic Relations Between France and the Republic of Vietnam, 1965–1973
7 Our Man in Maymyo: British Consuls in Upper Burma, 1948–1956
8 Portuguese Consuls and Diplomats and the Coming of the People’s Republic of China, c.1945–1950
Pedro Aires Oliveira
9 Australia’s Window to China in the Cold War: The Trade Commission in Hong Kong
10 The Polish Consulate in Shanghai: Its Official and Unofficial Role, 1954–1989
Lori Maguire and Sue Onslow
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