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International History Seminar

October 4, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Kurk Dorsey (University of New Hampshire), “The 1972 US-Soviet Grain Deal: The Unintended Environmental Consequences of Trading with the Enemy”

The 1972 Moscow Summit between Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev is best known for the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty and efforts to regulate the competition between the two superpowers.  It also generated a groundbreaking grain sale agreement that led to the United States selling millions of tons of food to the USSR.  The importance of the sale has been underestimated by historians even though it helped spark a global food crisis, generated a world food conference, and stimulated “wall to wall” planting in the United States and other places with enormous environmental consequences.
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Read the paper here (Please note that this is a draft, and not to be quoted from or cited without the author’s permission).


October 4, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Georgetown University Institute for Global History


Mortara Center for International Studies
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