Announcing the Spring 2018 Washington History Seminar Schedule

The Woodrow Wilson Center and the National History Center are delighted to announce the schedule for the spring season of the Washington History Seminar.

Signal Strength: Lessons from RFE/RL’s Latvian Service

Straining through Soviet frequency jammers, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Latvian service broadcasters waged an ethereal Cold War battle, breaking through information barriers to connect with Baltic dissidents and feed popular independence revolutions across the USSR. In retrospect, these broadcasts would turn out to be some of the most impactful within the Soviet Union, though their existence was hard-fought, and far from guaranteed. Why did it take 25 years for the Latvian service to come into being?

A National Reconciliation According To Putin

It is not just the fate of Vladimir Lenin’s body, lying embalmed in a ziggurat-shaped tomb in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square, that is haunting Russia’s relationship with its history. The remains of Russia’s last czar, the victim of Lenin’s dictatorial regime, have not yet found peace either.

Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in WWII

Say the word “Casablanca” and it immediately conjures up the 1942 movie with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. But during World War II, Casablanca was more than just a waystation for refugees attempting to flee Hitler’s armies.