U.S. History Events

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The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

October 17, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, this book rewrites conventional history. The "missiles of October" and "13 days" were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962 as the Soviets secretly planned to leave behind in Cuba over 100 tactical nuclear weapons, then reversed themselves because of obstreperous behavior by Fidel Castro. The highly-charged negotiations with the Cuban leadership, who bitterly felt sold out by Soviet concessions to the United States, were led by Mikoyan.
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The Future of American Coasts

October 15, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
America began as a coastal country, and, after a century of identifying with its heartland, is now returning to the sea demographically, economically, and culturally. Today, more of us live on coasts, but few know how to live with them in a sustainable manner. Coastal futures depend on the recovery of the oldest form of intelligent human life, homo littoralis. In this talk John Gillis will explore the ways humans have shaped shores and how shores have shaped humanity.
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Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988

October 15, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
With its remarkable declassified documentation and oral testimony that bear directly on questions of U.S. policymaking with regard to the Iran-Iraq War, "Becoming Enemies" reveals much that was previously unknown about U.S. policy before, during, and after the war. The authors go beyond mere reportage to offer lessons regarding fundamental foreign policy challenges to the U.S. that transcend time and place.
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Is the World More Dangerous 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

October 15, 2012 // 1:00pm2:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In October the world will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came closest to nuclear war. In this Wilson Center National Conversation, panelists will discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lessons that it holds in the context of the upcoming US presidential election.
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Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

October 01, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Steven Ross challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood has always been a bastion of liberalism. The real story, he argues, is far more complicated. First, Hollywood has a longer history of conservatism than liberalism. Second, and most surprising, while the Hollywood Left was usually more vocal and visible, the Right had a greater impact on American political life, capturing a senate seat (Murphy), a governorship (Schwarzenegger), and the ultimate achievement, the Presidency (Reagan).

The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

September 24, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Cold War International History Project
In "The Global Offensive," historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context.

Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

September 21, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Cold War International History Project
"Hanoi's War" takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.

OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

September 16, 2012 // 7:30pmSeptember 18, 2012 // 3:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs. Beyond that, the conference seeks to discuss the cultural, societal, and economic context of the IAEA's early history.
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Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

September 05, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History.
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Militant Liberty: A Comparative Study of the Scope and Limits of the Aggressive Ideological Strategy during the Early Phase of the Cold War

August 08, 2012 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Cold War International History Project
ECNU-WWICS Scholar Zhang Yang will give a presentation entitled "Militant Liberty: A Comparative Study of the Scope and Limits of the Aggressive Ideological Strategy during the Early Phase of the American Cold War."

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