McDonald Room, Menzies Library, ANU
College of Arts & Social Sciences – College of Asia & the Pacific
Summitry: History, Theory and Prospects
Professor David Reynolds, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge
This paper will explore the historical roots of summitry and examine the dynamics of classic 20th-century summits from Chamberlain-Hitler to Reagan-Gorbachev. It will suggest an overall typology for summit meetings and reflect on where the more institutionalised forms of recent summitry – such as G20, the European Council and APEC – may be going in the 21st century.
Professor David Reynolds is one of Britain's most eminent international historians. He is Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He was awarded the Wolfson Prize for History, 2004, and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. In addition to teaching Reynolds regularly appears on television presenting programs on twentieth century history. He is the author of numerous books, including more recently One World Divisible: A Global History since 1945 (2000), Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century (2007), and America, Empire of Liberty: A New History (2009).