Frédéric Bozo Dicusses Mitterrand and the Cold War

Frédéric Bozo, historian at the Sorbonne and currently a Fellow at the Wilson Center, will be discussing “François Mitterrand and the Dilemmas of the Cold War” at the next Washington History Seminar on Monday, September 20. The seminar is part of a series jointly sponsored by the National History Center and the Wilson Center, with support from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

France, under the leadership of François Mitterrand (1981-1995), played an important and constructive part in the end of the Cold War and the unification of Germany. What do newly available French archival evidence and other international sources reveal about France’s role in this complex set of circumstances? What of Mitterrand himself as a key figure in French politics and his views on Germany?

Click here to watch a video of his presentation.

Frédéric Bozo is a professor at the Sorbonne, where he teaches contemporary history and international relations, and currently a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. Dr. Bozo received his PhD in contemporary history from the University of Paris X-Nanterre (1993) and his Habilitation from the University of Paris III (1997). An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, he holds the “Agrégation” degree in history; he has also studied at Harvard University. With Stanley Hoffman, he has written Gulliver Unbound: America’s Imperial Temptation and the War in Iraq (2004). His most recent book is Mitterrand, the End of the Cold War, and German Unification (2009).

The seminar is co-directed by Wm. Roger Louis and Christian Ostermann and meets weekly during the academic year, January to May and September to December. Click here for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as videos and podcasts. The seminar is grateful for support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.