Klaus Larres Revisits Churchill’s Cold War

At the next Washington History Seminar on Monday, February 14, Professor Klaus Larres will present “Churchill’s Cold War Revisited” at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center.

Winston Churchill’s 1946 “iron curtain” speech was the opening shot in the Cold War for Stalin, Khrushchev, and most other Soviet leaders. Churchill’s summit diplomacy of the years 1953–55, however, called for German unification on the basis of neutrality and the peaceful end of the East-West conflict. How can this apparent contradiction be explained? What were Churchill’s motives? Klaus Larres revisits these issues and argues that Churchill’s policies were coherent and made contributions toward possible solutions in a creative way.

Click here to see a video of his presentation.

Klaus Larres is Professor in History and International Affairs at the University of Ulster. At present he is a Visiting Professor at Yale University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has held the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the Library of Congress. His books include Churchill’s Cold War (2002). He is currently working on a book entitled The United States and the Unity of Europe from Truman to Obama.

Reservations are requested because of limited seating.  To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103.  The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center and facilitates the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives Click for the Spring 2011 schedule and topics, as well as links to videos of past presentations. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.