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The Latest from the History and Public Policy Program

Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and the Persistence of Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America

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January 12, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Josephine Roche, as the second-highest-ranking woman in the New Deal government, generated the conversation that Americans are still having about the federal role in health care. In analyzing Roche’s astonishing life story, which included stints as a vice cop in the 1910s and director of the UMWA’s Welfare and Retirement Fund in the 1960s, Robyn Muncy demonstrates that political commitments born in the earliest twentieth century produced not only the New Deal, as other historians have argued, but also survived to ignite and shape the Great Society. more

Bookmen at War: Libraries, Intelligence, and Cultural Policy in World War II

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January 26, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
The Monuments Men have been justly celebrated for their rescue of art treasures in World War II. The focus on individual heroism, however, obscures the larger impact of the war on modern policies and practices toward information, knowledge, and culture. Kathy Peiss explores the role of librarians, collectors, and intelligence agents to explain why and how books mattered in a time of conflict and devastation. more

Offsite Event Agenda: Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War

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Dec 18, 2014
ECNU's Center for Cold War International History Studies and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program will convene an international conference in Shanghai on "Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War: Archives and Documentation" from December 21-22, 2014. more

The Shah's Petro-Diplomacy with Ceausescu: Iran and Romania in the era of Detente

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Dec 17, 2014
Using 16 newly declassified documents from the Romanian archives, CWIHP Working Paper No. 74 sheds new light on the external relations of Iran's Tudeh party, and the role of oil in Iranian diplomacy towards the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc. more

Modern Times in North Korea: Scenes from its Founding Years, 1945-1950

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December 15, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle, including quite deliberately a feminist agenda. With historical comparisons to revolutions in the early 20th century, Suzy Kim introduces her recent book through rarely seen archival photos, situating the North Korean revolution within the broader history of modernity. more

Experts & Staff

  • 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
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant