Surprise Attacks Reconsidered

The first lecture was on October 24, 2007 with Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of History, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. May discussed some of the most infamous surprise attacks in history, including the fall of France in World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the September 11th terrorist attacks. From a historical perspective, he reflected on their impact on U.S. foreign policy and the lessons we have learned from them.

The event began with introductions from Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, followed by Wm. Roger Louis, Founding Director of the National History Center.

The second lecture featured Fritz Stern discussing Hitler’s instant subversion of freedom.

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