LECTURE: Mary Sarotte, Professor of international Affairs and History, University of Southern California and Visiting Professor of History and Government, Harvard University (2013-14)
TRIUMPHALISM AND ITS LEGACY: Reassessing US Foreign Policy at the End of the Cold War, 25 Years On
Thursday, October 10th, 4 PM, Morrison Commons, Rockefeller Center
LECTURE: The 2013 Robert F. Allabough Class of 1934 Memorial Lecture,BETWEEN MAO AND McCARTHY: Chinese American Liberalism in the Cold War Years
will be given by Charlotte Brooks, Associate Professor of History, Baruch College
October 16th, 3.30 PM, L01 Carson Hall.
RICHARD KREMER and Jarosław Włodarczyk, eds., Johannes Hevelius and His World: Astronomer, Cartographer, Philosopher and Correspondent (Polish Academy of Sciences, 2013).A collection of 13 essays by an international group of historians, offering a revisionist account of Johannes Hevelius, the seventeenth-century brewer and businessman of Gdańsk, Poland, traditionally known for his large private astronomical observatory and his lunar observations. "This volume proposes a more variegated set of criteria against which to evaluate Hevelius's efforts. Rather than simply measuring him against those well-known giants of the Scientific Revolution such as Galileo Galilei, René Descartes or Isaac Newton, these essays seek to situate Hevelius within the intellectual interests and the correspondence networks of his seventeenth-century contemporaries. The authors in this volume introduce us to Hevelius's world, a world populated with individuals not always well known to the history of science."
EDWARD MILLER, Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard University Press, forthcoming April 2013)"In the annals of Vietnam War history, no figure has been more controversial than Ngo Dinh Diem. During the 1950s, U.S. leaders hailed Diem as 'the miracle man of Southeast Asia' and funneled huge amounts of aid to his South Vietnamese government. But in 1963 Diem was ousted and assassinated in a coup endorsed by President John F. Kennedy. Diem's alliance with Washington has long been as a Cold War relationship gone bad, undone either by American arrogance or by Diem's stubbornness. In Misalliance,Edward Miller provides a convincing new explanation for Diem's downfall and the larger tragedy of South Vietnam.For Diem and U.S. leaders, Miller argues, the alliance was more than just a joint effort to contain communism. It was also a means for each side to pursue its plans for nation building in South Vietnam. Miller's definitive portrait of Diem—based on extensive research in Vietnamese, French, and American archives—demonstrates that the South Vietnamese leader was neither Washington's pawn nor a tradition-bound mandarin. Rather, he was a shrewd and ruthless operator with his own vision for Vietnam's modernization. In 1963, allied clashes over development and reform, combined with rising internal resistance to Diem's nation building programs, fractured the alliance and changed the course of the Vietnam War.In depicting the rise and fall of the U.S.-Diem partnership, Misalliance shows how America's fate in Vietnam was written not only on the battlefield but also in Washington's dealings with its Vietnamese allies."
Last Updated: 11/14/13