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Washington History Seminar

October 1st, 2014

October 6: Nathan Connolly on “A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida”

In A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, N. D. B. Connolly explores the history of real estate development and political power by offering an unprecedented look at the complexities of property ownership during the early and mid-twentieth century.  Connolly argues that black and white property owners, in […]

Washington History Seminar

September 29th, 2014

Special WHS on October 3: Frank Costigliola on “The Kennan Diaries”

“The Kennan Diaries” reveals the personal life and the political, philosophical, and spiritual concerns of America’s most noted diplomat and foreign policy strategist, George F. Kennan. Edited by historian Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, the volume is a landmark work of profound intellectual and emotional power. These never-before-published diaries offer a narrative of […]

Washington History Seminar

September 23rd, 2014

September 29: Akira Iriye on “International Affairs and Transnational Relations”

Acclaimed Harvard historian Akira Iriye will reflect on the study of history today, examining recent historiographic trends and phenomena like “motion,” “interconnectedness,” and “hybridity” in an effort to move away from a Euro-centric approach. Iriye will explore the fascination with non-national entities and transnational relations, rather than with more conventional international affairs understood in the […]

Washington History Seminar

September 16th, 2014

September 22: Malcolm Byrne on “Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan’s Iran Gambit, 1985-86″

Based on intensive research into once-classified records, as well as interviews and other accounts from Americans, Iranians and Israelis, Malcolm Byrne’s new book Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power (University Press of Kansas) reexamines the policies and attitudes that constituted the Iran-Contra affair.  In this talk, the author will revisit the […]

Washington History Seminar

September 11th, 2014

September 15: Lisa Leff on “The Archive Thief: Zosa Szajkowski and the Salvaging of French Jewish History”

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of documents about Jews from French archives and sold them to libraries in the United States. To understand why he did it, Leff takes us into the “backstage” of the archives, and reveals the powerful ideological, economic and scientific forces that […]