History Events

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Churchill's Cold War Revisited

February 14, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Winston Churchill's 1946 "iron curtain" speech was the opening shot in the Cold War for Stalin, Khrushchev, and most other Soviet leaders. Churchill's summit diplomacy of the years 1953–55, however, called for German unification on the basis of neutrality and the peaceful end of the East-West conflict. How can this apparent contradiction be explained? What were Churchill's motives? Klaus Larres revisits these issues and argues that Churchill's policies were coherent and made contributions toward possible solutions in a creative way.
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Territory, Statehood, and Sovereignty from Westphalia to Globalization

February 07, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The possession of territory or bounded political space has been crucial for the modern state, but historians and political analysts have left its properties unexamined. How have the premises and practices of territoriality changed from the seventeenth century to our own era?

Offsite Film Screening: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

January 31, 2011 // 5:00pm8:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today depicts the most famous courtroom drama in modern times, which is also the first set of trials to make extensive use of film as evidence, and was the first trial to be extensively documented, aurally and visually. All of the proceedings, which lasted for nearly 11 months, were recorded. Though strict limits were placed on the Army Signal Corps cameramen by the Office of Criminal Counsel. In the end, they were permitted to film only about 25 hours over the entire course of the trial. This was to prove a great impediment for writer/director Stuart Schulberg, and his editor Joseph Zigman, when they were engaged to make the official film about the trial, in 1946, shortly after its conclusion.
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Unfinished Business: Archives After Conflict in Guatemala, Sierra Leone, and South Africa

January 31, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
When a country emerges from conflict, citizens demand that perpetrators be held accountable for past violations of human rights; that the governmental system be reformed to prevent a future recurrence of past repressive practices; that the truth be told about what really happened, both in personal terms (such as learning the fate of a loved one) and in terms of how the society came to be what it was; and that reparation be made for the moral and material losses suffered during the period of oppression. Archives are essential to meet these demands.
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Ensuring Compliance: Strategies for Popular Cooptation by the Party and State Security in Communist Europe and in Ba'thist Iraq

January 27, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
With varying degrees of success, authoritarian regimes frequently co-opt their citizens to gather information on and undermine their domestic opposition. According to Martin Dimitrov, communist Bulgaria's ability to suppress dissent was diminished from the 1970s onward because the Western-led international human rights regime forced the government to replace harsher methods it had previously used with a system of rewards for volunteer informants and reprimands for dissidents. The ineffectiveness of these tactics contributed to the regime's eventual collapse. In contrast, Joseph Sassoon explained that Iraq's Ba'th Party—unable to rely upon a superpower for support and steeled by a series of wars—was able to remain in power for thirty-five years in part because it did not relax its efforts at co-optation and repression as the regime matured.
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Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves

January 24, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
This seminar will discuss the transnational history of how Europeans, Japanese, and other Asians came to promote saving by means of savings banks, postal savings, and war savings campaigns over the past two centuries. Historically, U.S. policies increasingly encouraged mass consumption and borrowing. After years of near-zero saving rates and growing household indebtedness, Americans are beginning to save again. What might we learn from other countries that boast much higher saving rates?
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The Crisis in the Arab World's Aging Leadership

January 05, 2011 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Former Cairo Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
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Romanian Cultural Institute Scholars Work In Progress Presentations: Geopolitics and Radio Free Europe

December 10, 2010 // 11:00am12:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Liviu Tirau, Senior Lecturer, Babes-Bolyai University, Romanian Short-Term Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Ioana Macrea-Toma, Associate Researcher, Central European University, Romanian Short-Term Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Edward Gibbon: The Roman and British Empires;A Study in the Concept of Empire

December 06, 2010 // 3:00pm4:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
John Pocock, Johns Hopkins University

Off-site Event: The World Youth Democracy Forum for D.C.-Area Students

December 03, 2010 // 9:00am11:30am
History and Public Policy Program
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University and the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson Center co-hosted the 2010 World Youth Democracy Forum for DC-Area Students. The Forum featured the 2010 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Winner, Oleg Kozlovsky of Russia.

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