February 27: Sherrill Brown Wells on Jean Monnet and the Future of Europe

In her political biography of Jean Monnet, Sherrill Brown Wells explains how this visionary and entrepreneurial internationalist who never held an elective office, never joined a political party, and never developed any significant popular following in his native France, became one of the most influential European statesmen in the 20th century. In this presentation to the Washington History Seminar, she cast further light on how Monnet worked with European and American leaders after World War II in establishing peace in war-ravaged Europe through economic integration.

Wells earned her B.A. from Vassar and her M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She  has been a Professorial Lecturer in History and International Affairs at George Washington University since 1992. She has taught history at Rutgers and North Carolina State University, has been a senior historian at the Department of State, a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po in Paris, and has authored Pioneers of European Integration and Peace, 1945-1963 (2007) and Jean Monnet: Unconventional  Statesman (2011).

A webcast of her presentation is available at Jean Monnet.

The Washington History Seminar is a joint venture of the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.