The Cuban Missile Crisis Study Day

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The Cuban Missile Crisis Study Day

The Cuban Missile Crisis Study Day

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a six day clash in October 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union over the presence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.  Both John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev were determined to avoid nuclear war, but events could easily have spiralled out of control with cataclysmic results.  Led by Jonathan Colman, the author of a new book about the missile crisis, the study day includes discussion of original source material, and an exploration of the British role.

Was Britain just a bystander, or was it able to influence what went on through the ‘special relationship’ with Washington?  Knowledge of the missile crisis is of continued relevance today when there is debate about the value of nuclear weapons, and when the US government is re-establishing its relationship with Cuba after decades of hostility.

  • Participants in the study day do not need to have prior knowledge of the missile crisis, but some background reading would be useful.
  • Refreshments are provided.  Please bring your own lunch or use The Left Bank cafe bar.
  • The study day is supported by the University of Central Lancashire and Edinburgh University Press.

Suitable for adults and young people

UCLan                     Edinburgh University Press

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