Old fears and new threats: Western European defence negotiations

How revealing are the negotiations over European defence 1948-1954 about the hopes and fears of the people involved?

Helen Snelson

The German delegation at the 1954 Paris conference

This activity involves students’ role playing the decisions and dilemmas relating to European defence in the early 1950s. It can be done in more or less depth. There are versions with less and more text. It is also possible to add in more student group and whole class discussion at each stage. Which option is chosen will depend on the aptitude, age and interest of the students, and on the time available.