Susan Carruthers Reviews the Meaning of U.S. Military Occupations

At the next Washington History Seminar on Monday, March 14, at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center, Professor Susan Carruthers will discuss “The ‘Good Occupation’: Military Government in the American Imagination.”

Military occupation has been a crucial dimension of US foreign relations from the early nineteenth century to the present. The occupations of Germany and Japan in the wake of the Second World War generally were regarded positively. The occupation of Iraq, which initially met with some approbation, eventually tarnished the reputation of the George W. Bush administration. Susan Carruthers will explain the transformation of public attitude.

Susan L. Carruthers is Professor of History at Rutgers University in Newark and a Fellow at the Wilson Center. Her books include Cold War Captives: Imprisonment, Escape, and Brainwashing (2009) and The Media at War (2011).

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.