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The Spring 2024 Washington History Seminar Lineup

The History and Public Policy Program and the American Historical Association are pleased to announce the Spring 2024 Washington History Seminar lineup. All sessions take place on Zoom webinar Mondays from 4–5:30pm ET. Recordings of past sessions are available through the links after they occur.

The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and the American Historical Association are pleased to announce the Spring 2024 Washington History Seminar line-up. All sessions take place on Zoom webinar Mondays from 4–5:30pm ET. Recordings of past sessions will be posted to our respective websites.

January 22 “Fragile Victory: The Making and Unmaking of Liberal Order,” with James Cronin

January 29 “Bystander Society: Conformity and Complicity in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust,” with Mary Fulbrook            

February 5 “Shadows at Noon: The South Asian Twentieth Century,” with Joya Chatterji

February 12 “Human Capital: A History of Putting Refugees to Work,” with Laura Robson

February 26 “Germany in the World: A Global History, 1500-2000,” with David Blackbourn 

March 4 “The Project-State and Its Rivals: A New History of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries,” with Charles Maier

March 11 “Combee: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and Black Freedom during the Civil War,” with Edda L. Fields-Black (this session is sponsored by the American Historical Association)

March 18 “Days of Opportunity: The United States and Afghanistan Before the Soviet Invasion,” with Robert Rakove

March 25 “Nicaragua Must Survive: Sandinista Revolutionary Diplomacy in the Global Cold War,” with Eline van Ommen

April 8 “Liberalism against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times,” with Samuel Moyn

April 15 “Catastrophic Diplomacy: US Foreign Disaster Assistance in the American Century,” with Julia Irwin

April 29 “The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic: Reconstruction, 1860-1920,” with Manisha Sinha (this session is sponsored by the American Historical Association)

May 6 “Made in China: When US-China Interests Converged to Transform Global Trade,” with Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson

May 13 “Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative,” with Jennifer Burns (this session is sponsored by the American Historical Association)

May 20 “Zhou Enlai: A Life,” with Chen Jian

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year.

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