Mircea Munteanu is a diplomatic historian who serves as project associate for both the History and Public Policy Program and the Cold War International History Project. Bernd Schaefer is the Cold War Project's senior research scholar. Previously, he was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. and at the Hannah Arendt Institute at the Technical University of Dresden.
It's often said that journalism is the first draft of history. The assumption is that after the news and current events phase, historians take over and a more lasting record is created. But how many drafts do historians create, and is the work of recording history ever a fully finished project? This week host John Milewski delves into these questions with Mircea Munteanu of the History and Public Policy Program, and Bernd Schaefer, the Cold War Project's senior research scholar, to learn more about the Center's Cold War International History Project and it's current work on the Chinese Foreign Policy Document Database.