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Washington History Seminar

October 7th, 2015

10/19: Odd Arne Westad on “Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750″

In Restless Empire, award-winning historian Odd Arne Westad traces China’s complex foreign affairs over the past 250 years, identifying the forces that will determine the country’s path in the decades to come. Since the height of the Qing Empire in the eighteenth century, China’s interactions—and confrontations—with foreign powers have caused its worldview to fluctuate wildly […]

Washington History Seminar

September 30th, 2015

October 5: Kathy Peiss on “Bookmen at War: Libraries, Intelligence, and Cultural Policy in World War II”

The Monuments Men have been justly celebrated for their rescue of art treasures in World War II. The focus on individual heroism, however, obscures the larger impact of the war on modern policies and practices toward information, knowledge, and culture. Kathy Peiss explores the role of librarians, collectors, and intelligence agents to explain why and […]

Washington History Seminar

September 24th, 2015

September 28: Adam Rothman on “Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery”

Historians of slave emancipation during the Civil War must answer the question that W.E.B. Dubois posed eighty ago: “Can we imagine this spectacular revolution?” In his new book, Beyond Freedom’s Reach, Adam Rothman rises to the challenge by telling the story of Rose Herera, an enslaved woman in New Orleans whose children were taken to […]

Washington History Seminar

September 17th, 2015

September 21: Leila Fawaz on “A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War”

World War One was a hugely transformative event in Europe and the Middle East. Fawaz argues, however, that in the Middle Eastern theatres of the war in particular many people did not see this war as a “great” war at the time. Average people were consumed with their own survival; they saw the war through […]

Congressional Briefings

September 14th, 2015

October 9: Congressional Briefing on the History of Incarceration

The National History Center of the American Historical Association is pleased to announce our upcoming Congressional briefing. Alex Lichtenstein of Indiana University; Khalil Gibran Muhammad of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and Heather Ann Thompson of the University of Michigan will discuss the history of incarceration and prison reform in the United States. Professor […]