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Washington History Seminar

April 21st, 2015

April 27: Sulmaan Khan on “Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands”

In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa, leaving the People’s Republic of China with a crisis on its Tibetan frontier. Drawing upon never before seen Chinese sources, Sulmaan Khan tells, for the first time, the story of how non-state actors moving across the Tibetan borderlands exposed state weakness and caused the PRC to move from […]

Congressional Briefings

April 14th, 2015

April 20: The History Manifesto panel discussion at WHS

How should historians speak truth to power – and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history – especially long-term history – so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto […]

Congressional Briefings

April 8th, 2015

May 8: American Families, Global Competition, and Comprehensive Tax Reform in Historical Perspective

The National History Center of the American Historical Association is pleased to announce our upcoming Congressional briefing, co-sponsored with the Joint Committee on Taxation, on “American Families, Global Competition, and Comprehensive Tax Reform in Historical Perspective.” Ajay Mehrotra of Indiana Law School; Bruce Bartlett, former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury; and Joe Thorndike of […]

Washington History Seminar

March 31st, 2015

April 13: Christopher Darnton on “Rivalry and Alliance Politics in Cold War Latin America”

One of the central paradoxes of the global Cold War was the prevalence of rivalries among countries within the same bloc. Given a common adversary, why did so many of these conflicts persist, why did peacemaking efforts repeatedly fail, and what conditions ultimately contributed to the rare instances of successful rapprochement? Rivalry and Alliance Politics […]

Decolonization Seminar

March 26th, 2015

International Seminar on Decolonization 2015 Participants

The National History Seminar is pleased to announce the participants in its tenth and final International Seminar on Decolonization. Each summer the National History Center’s Decolonization seminar brings fifteen historians near the beginning of their careers to Washington, DC for four weeks to research, discuss, and write about the phenomenon of decolonization, or the dissolution […]