Eastern Europe in the World Wars, Part 3 – Saturday, AUG 20 at 7:00PM

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Presented by Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., in person and via live video stream with interactive Q&A.

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Overview: This lecture is part of a series of four lectures that presents the history of the world wars from the perspective of Eastern Europe, where both wars began, and where both left their deepest scars. The aim is to present a familiar story from an unfamiliar vantage point, and in so doing to shed some light on the deeper roots of more recent events. All three of the great European crises of the twentieth century—both world wars, and the Cold War that followed—began in Eastern Europe. The first great European crisis of the twenty-first century has now begun there as well. It would be unwise to imagine that history is repeating itself. But the history is worth thinking about, nonetheless.

Part 3: From Danzig to Stalingrad (1939-1943) Hitler’s war began in Poland. He had already agreed to partition that country with Stalin, by way of demonstrating to the Western powers that their guarantees of Polish security were delusional. General war followed nonetheless. The Soviet Union, which did its best to stand clear, was finally drawn in, along with the United States. The Grand Alliance thus created was implausible at its core; but it spelled Hitler’s doom, as long as it lasted.

Daniel J. Moran is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca. He was educated at Yale and Stanford Universities, and has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Moran teaches courses and supervises doctoral research in strategic theory, American foreign relations, and the history of war and international relations since the end of the 19th century.

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