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Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957
October 27, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Politics and Prose
Derek Leebaert – Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957
While it’s generally agreed that Britain’s Imperial Century ended definitively with the Second World War, thus ushering in the American Century, few have noted that this was not a smooth or simple changing of the guard. In this comprehensive history of the early Cold War period, Leebaert, author of books including The Fifty-Year Wound and To Dare and to Conquer, shows that the United States did not suddenly transform itself into a world leader, nor did Britain immediately step aside. Analyzing twelve years in which Britain and America uneasily, even abrasively, renegotiated their roles in the world order, Leebaert focuses in detail on the actions of leaders including Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennan, and reinterprets pivotal events such as the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Korean War, and America’s descent into Vietnam.
This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
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