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Congressional Briefings

March 3rd, 2015

March 9: Carol Anderson on “The Danger of the Single Story: African Americans’ Anticolonialism in the Early Cold War”

We know the story. Historians have told it for more than forty years. After the onset of the Cold War, fierce anticolonialism emanated solely out of the black left, which paid dearly for opposing U.S. imperial policy. Paul and Eslanda Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, W. Alphaeus Hunton, and even, in his own twisted way, Max […]

Washington History Seminar

February 24th, 2015

March 2: Heather Cox Richardson on “To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party”

How did the Republican Party—the progressive party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower—become the reactionary party of today? Over the one hundred and sixty years of their history, Republicans have swung repeatedly from championing the middle class to protecting the rich. Their story reveals the tensions inherent in America’s peculiar brand of […]

Washington History Seminar

February 10th, 2015

February 23: Bartholomew Sparrow on “The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security”

For four decades Brent Scowcroft has exerted a quiet, continued, and sometimes great influence over the conduct of US national security policy. Drawing on his new biography, The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security, Bartholomew Sparrow discusses how Scowcroft rose to become national security advisor under presidents Gerald Ford and George H. […]

Washington History Seminar

February 3rd, 2015

February 9: Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson’s Silent Partner

In this seminal biography, Charles E. Neu details the life of “Colonel” House, a Texas landowner who rose to become one of the century’s greatest political operators. In 1911 House met Woodrow Wilson, and almost immediately the two formed one of the most famous friendships in American political history. As Wilson’s friend and chief political […]

Washington History Seminar

January 27th, 2015

February 2: Pawel Machcewicz: Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe

For the Soviet bloc, the struggle against foreign radio was one of the principal fronts in the Cold War. Poland was at the fore-front of this war, relentlessly conducting, since the early 1950s until the collapse of the Communism, political, propaganda and intelligence operations against Radio Free Europe, regarded as the most dangerous enemy among […]