Världen i vardagsrummet. Diplomatins inofficiella aktörer och politiska praktik 1940–1958

Tidsperiod: 2017-07-01 till 2020-06-30

Projektledare: Susanna Erlandsson

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Bidrag för anställning eller stipendier

Budget: 3 150 000 SEK

This project focuses on the political culture of the Western community of diplomats in the eventful years 1940–1958. Much of the scholarship on how the post-war world was built has dealt only with decision-makers’ public lives, overlooking that diplomats’ personal relationships and social networks probably had a powerful effect on policy. This project uses an in-depth case study of one well-connected diplomatic couple as a way to link the concept of political culture to the history of international relations in a gender-conscious way. Dutch diplomat Eelco van Kleffens was involved in many of the big post-war projects like the UN and NATO. His personal archive and his wife Margaret’s extensive diaries offer detailed insight into everyday diplomatic culture. With techniques and approaches drawn from network theory, gender history and cultural history, these materials allow the mapping of elusive practices on the border between public and private, secret and official, male and female. The empirical work will be done in Dutch archives and the analysis will benefit from a research environment at the University of Amsterdam specialized in transnational history. The study delivers a fresh view of how the post-war world was built in practice. It highlights actors who do not appear in public records and are often overlooked in the history of international relations, and creates knowledge about the behind-the-scenes processes and connections that influenced political decision-making.