Author Archives: Stella Krepp

About Stella Krepp

Stella Krepp is an associated researcher at Bern University, Switzerland. Her first book, titled The Decline of the Western Hemisphere: A History of Inter-American Relations from 1941 to 1990, is currently under review with Cambridge University Press. Together with Thomas Field and Vanni Pettinà, she is the co-editor of the volume Latin America and the Global Cold War (Chapel Hill, 2020). Her current project examines emerging ideas of progress, modernity, and development in Brazil, Cuba, and the British Caribbean and aims to connect Latin American history with the history of decolonization.

Fighting an Illiberal World Order: The Latin American Road to UNCTAD, 1948–1964

Abstract: Even though Latin American diplomats and economists played a crucial role in the formulation and the theorizing of development economics, Latin American contributions to development debates in the United Nations have often been relegated to the margins. Based on sources from Brazilian and Cuban archives, the Organization of American States, as well as the UN archive, the paper relates the Latin American road to the creation of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, in a struggle to fight what they perceived as Continue reading → Continue reading →

Notes from a Latin Americanist

This essay is part of a forum on new histories of the Cold War. All contributions to the forum can be found here. In 2005, in his book The Global Cold War, Odd Arne Westad formulated an innovative intellectual blueprint for writing new international histories of the Third World through the prism of three southern continents’ shared struggle for postcolonial forms of political and economic sovereignty. This has given rise to new projects on the Global Cold War, particularly in its regional iterations, as these three Continue reading →