11/16: James Cronin on “Atlantic Rules: Markets, Democracy and the End of the Cold War”

In Global Rules: America, Britain and a Disordered World, James Cronin uses the Anglo-American relationship as a lens through which to view the last years of the Cold War.  This perspective leads him to argue that the turn to markets in the US and the UK during the 1980s and to the promotion of democracy and human rights were critical in setting the terms on which the Cold War ended and on which the post-Cold War order would be constructed.

James Cronin is Professor of History at Boston College and an affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. His previous books includeWhat’s Left of the Left (co-edited with G. Ross and James Shoch, 2011), New Labour’s Pasts (2004), The World the Cold War Made (1996), The Politics of State Expansion: War, State and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (1991),Labour and Society in Britain (1984), and Industrial Conflict in Modern Britain(1979).

The seminar meets at 4:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.  Reservations requested because of limited seating.