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  • American Democracy and PostWorld War II Japan
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    American Democracy and Post-World War II Japan

    Dartmouth College history professor Jennifer Miller talked about her book, Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan. She discussed how the U.S. government promoted democracy in…

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    Land of the Fee

    Devin Fergus talked about his book, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class, on the hidden transaction fees that Americans regularly pay and the impact…

  • Containment Policy in Southeast Asia
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    Containment Policy in Southeast Asia

    Wen-Qing Ngoei is author of Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia. He talked about the post-World War II efforts by Western powers --…

  • German Social Scientists and US Foreign Policy
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    German Social Scientists and U.S. Foreign Policy

    Hans Speier was a German social scientist who was among the many European intellectuals who immigrated to America during the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. In this program, University of…

  • Christian Zionism and Americans
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    Christian Zionism and Americans

    In this program, Samuel Goldman discussed the history of Christian Zionism in America. He defined this as the belief that Christians have a religious responsibility to promote and support a…

  • 1911 Congressional Report on Immigration
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    1911 Congressional Report on Immigration

    Historian Katherine Benton-Cohen talked about her book, Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy. The U.S. Immigration Commission, better known as the…

  • Battle for North Africa During World War II
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    Battle for North Africa During World War II

    Meredith Hindley talked about her book, Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II, in which she recalls the events leading to Operation…

  • US Foreign Policy Since World War I
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    U.S. Foreign Policy Since World War I

    Author Melvyn Leffler talked about his book, Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015. He discussed how and why U.S. foreign policy has…

  • Economic Growth after 1973
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    Economic Growth after 1973

    Marc Levinson talked about his book, An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy. Mr. Levinson looked at into the wide-ranging methods used by…

  • Russia China and the Third World
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    Russia, China, and the Third World

    Professor Jeremy Friedman talked about his book, Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World. He spoke about Russian and Chinese efforts during the Cold War to dominate…

  • Humanitarianism in the Mid18th Century
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    Humanitarianism in the Mid-18th Century

    Amanda Moniz talked about her book, From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism. She spoke about the motivations and charity work of mid-18th century…

  • Early Life and Career of Henry Kissinger
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    Early Life and Career of Henry Kissinger

    Professor Niall Ferguson talked about his book, Kissinger: 1234-1968: The Idealist. In his book, Professor Ferguson argues that Henry Kissinger’s approach to foreign policy was grounded in…

  • Discussion on the History of USCuba Relations
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    History of U.S.-Cuba Relations

    William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh, co-authors of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiation between Havana and Washington, talked about the history of U.S.-Cuba relations since…

  • Discussion on the History of the Republican Party
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    History of the Republican Party

    Professor Heather Cox Richardson, author of To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party talked about the evolution of the “Party of Lincoln.” Professor Richardson spoke about the…

  • Key Figures at the End of the Cold War
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    Key Figures at the End of the Cold War

    James Graham Wilson talked about the Cold War, and argued that the actions of four key figures led to its end: Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary of State George Shultz and Presidents Reagan and…