New Approaches to Trans-Atlantic Relations in the Early Cold War
Monday, January 6, 2014
12:30pm - 2:00pm
In this panel, Giuliana Chamedes (Harvard University) and Udi Greenberg (Dartmouth College) will offer new perspectives on U.S. reconstruction efforts and anti-Communist mobilization in Europe during the early Cold War. Based on a wealth of newly uncovered archival sources, both presentations will explore how European agents utilized U.S. institutions and power in order to promote their own political agendas, which predated the Cold War. In doing so, the presentations will shed new light on the ideological and political forces that helped shape U.S. diplomacy in postwar Europe.
Chamedes will focus on the Vatican, and especially on its efforts to preserve its unique political autonomy and influence on education in Western Europe. Her presentation will show how a vital collaboration evolved between U.S. diplomats and Catholic clergy, and the role that religion played in shaping this alliance. Greenberg will focus on the dramatic transformation in the relationship between the United States and German Socialism, from animosity to a strong Cold War alliance. His presentation will uncover how German Socialists cooperated with U.S. diplomats in order to bring about this change, and will show that the origins of this cooperation lay not in the Cold War, but in anti-Communist campaigns from the 1920s.
The panel will include comments by Piotr Kosicki (University of Maryland), and will be chaired by Christian F. Ostermann, Director of the History and Public Policy Program and of the Global Europe Program at the Wilson Center.