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UPCOMING TALK | Harvard Professor Arne Westad on The Cold War: A World History

January 22, 2018

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The Cold War: A World History
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kane Hall (KNE), Room 210, University of Washington


Please note as this is a RSVP event, there will be a registration table at the event for you to check-in. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 7:15 p.m. as this event is at capacity.

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington proudly announce its 2018 U.S. in the World Speaker Series with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Arne Westad.

The Cold War is often imagined as a clash of two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, born out of the ashes of World War II and coming to a dramatic end with the collapse of the Soviet Union. In The Cold War: A World History, Bancroft Prize-winning scholar Arne Westad suggests that the Cold War must be understood as a global ideological confrontation, with early roots in the Industrial Revolution and ongoing repercussions around the world.

In this public talk at the University of Washington, Westad will speak on how the Cold War may have begun on the perimeters of Europe, but it had its deepest reverberations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, where nearly every community had to choose sides. And these choices continue to define economies and regimes across the world.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit our registration page.

Harvard Professor Arne WestadAbout the speaker
Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region. Before coming to Harvard in 2015, Westad was School Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  While at LSE, he directed LSE IDEAS, a leading centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy. Westad served as general editor for the three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War, and is the author of the Penguin History of the World (now in its 6th edition). Professor Westad’s latest book, The Cold War: A World History, was published in 2017 by Basic Books in the United States and Penguin in the UK. A new history of the global conflict between capitalism and Communism since the late 19th century, it provides the larger context for how today’s international affairs came into being.

About the U.S. in the World speaker series
The U.S. in the World speaker series examines the origins, trajectory, and consequences of U.S. global power and offers insights on these processes from the outside in and the inside out. It brings renowned scholars from a variety of disciplines to the University of Washington to speak to academic and public audiences about their areas of research. Speakers address a variety of topics, including the United States’ global military presence; responses to U.S. hard & soft power overseas; the place of religion in U.S. foreign relations; and the varied engagement of the U.S. with international legal and governance regimes. These lectures will help students and interested audiences appreciate the complexities facing the United States as it proceeds through the twenty-first century.

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