Eastern Europe in the World Wars, Part 4 – Saturday, AUG 27 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 4: From Stalingrad to the Marshall Plan (1943-1948) The war in Eastern Europe was a cataclysm of unprecedented violence, compounded by mass murder on an industrial scale. Efforts to come to grips with the results, and to define an equitable and humane post-war order, began while the war was still underway. They failed because the requirements of European economic and political recovery could not be reconciled with Soviet demands for security and supremacy. The Soviets inflicted seventy percent of all casualties suffered by the German army, and suffered upwards of 20 million dead in the process. Afterwards they were offered integration into a global economy dominated by the United States. They chose instead to retain a dearly-bought hegemony over the lands they had overrun in the war.

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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