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POSTPONED Book Discussion - From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War

February 14, 2007 // 3:00pm4:30pm

Due to the inclement weather, this event has been postponed to a later date. Please check our events calendar for the rescheduled date.

with Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Elizabeth Spalding, Assistant Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College
David S. Painter, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

From the publisher:

On April 12, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt died and Harry Truman took his place in the White House. Historians have been arguing ever since about the implications of this transition for American foreign policy in general and relations with the Soviet Union in particular. Was there essential continuity in policy or did Truman's arrival in the Oval Office prompt a sharp reversal away from the approach of his illustrious predecessor?

This study explores this controversial issue and in the process casts important light on the outbreak of the Cold War. From Roosevelt to Truman investigates Truman's foreign policy background and examines the legacy that FDR bequeathed to him. This work reveals that the real departure in American policy came only after the Truman administration had exhausted the legitimate possibilities of the Rooseveltian approach of collaboration with the Soviet Union.

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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
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  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project