International History Seminar Series

The Georgetown University Institute for Global History and
the Mortara Center for International Studies presents the International History Seminar Series

The seminar will meet on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Mortara Center for International Studies at the corner of N and 36th Streets, NW (3600 N St., Washington, DC). Papers will be pre-circulated among participants, on the understanding that they are drafts, and not to be quoted from or cited without the author’s permission. Conveners: Toshihiro HiguchiJohn McNeillDavid Painter, and Aviel Roshwald. If you wish to be added to the seminar’s email list, please

Please note that the International History Seminar Series is on hold as of 2020.

Arie Dubnov (September 10)

October 9 – Andrea Mammone (University of London) Will take place in CCAS Boardroom

October 30 – Daniel Bessner (University of Washington) Will take place in ICC 662.

November 20 – Kate Brown (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

December 5 – Choi Chatterjee (Cal State LA)

January 15 – Rasmus Søndergaard (Georgetown)

March 19 – Fritz Bartel

October 10
David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt University
“A Nation among Nations: German Nation-Building in a Global World”

October 31
Alanna O’Malley, Leiden University (Holland)
“The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain, and the United Nations during the Congo crisis 1960-64”

March 20
Paul Kreitman, Columbia University
“Wildlife and Sovereignty Conservation on Hawaii’s Border Islands, 1898-1911”

April 3
Daqing Yang (GWU) 
Title TBD

April 17
Sarah Adjel (France)
Title TBD

April 24
Alon Confino, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“Paradise and Dreams in Palestine and the Land of Israel: Jews, Palestinians, and the Coming of the 1948 War”

September 13
Patricia O’Brien, Australian National University
“European Disarmament, Militarization in the Pacific and the Inner Workings of the League of Nations: The Case of New Zealand and Its Sāmoan Mandate”

October 4
Kurk Dorsey, University of New Hampshire
“The 1972 US-Soviet Grain Deal: The Unintended Environmental Consequences of Trading with the Enemy”

November 15
Laura Beers, American University
“The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom”

January 17
Sheldon Garon, Princeton University
“On the Transnational Destruction of Cities: What Japan and the U.S. Learned from the Bombing of Britain and Germany in World War II”

March 21
Xiaoyuan Liu, University of Virginia
“Party Narrative and the Reform War in the Sichuan-Tibetan Frontier in the 1950s”

April 18
Tyler Priest, University of Iowa
“The Deepwater Golden Triangle: The Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and West Africa in the Global Oil Economy”

Thursday, October 8, 2:30-4:00 in ICC 662
Michael Goebel, Free University, Berlin
discusses his new book, Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00-7:30 pm
Sophie de Schaepdrijver, Pennsylvania State University
“The German Occupation of Belgium during the First World War”

Tuesday, March 1, 6:00-7:30 pm
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York University
“Italian Prisoners of War, 1940-1950: What We Learn from Studying Defeat”

Thursday, March 17, 6:30-8:00 pm
Max Paul Friedman, American University
“Containing the New Empire: Latin American Strategies against U.S. Hegemony in the Early Twentieth Century”

November 6
Bradley Simpson, University of Connecticut
“The Global History of Self-Determination since 1945”

November 20
Charles Armstrong, Columbia University
“Industrialization and its Consequences in North Korea and Northeast China, 1930s – 1960s”
Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service

March 26
Tommaso Piffer, Research Fellow, Higher School of Economics
“The Allies and the European Resistance in WWII”

April 23
Carole Fink, Ohio State University
“How about Normalizing the Past? West Germany, Israel, and the writer Guenter Grass’s first visit in March 1967” 
Co-sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and the Program for Jewish Civilization

March 26
Tommaso Piffer, Research Fellow, Higher School of Economics
“The Allies and the European Resistance in WWII”

November 19
Jonathan Schlesinger, Indiana University
“China’s Borderlands amidst the Rush for Natural Resources”

January 28
Sarah Snyder, University College London & American University
“1968 as International Year for Human Rights”

February 4
Tara Zahra, University of Chicago
“The First Final Solution: Jews & International Population Politics in the 1930s”

March 4
Dane Kennedy, George Washington University
“A Short History of Decolonization”

April 8
Susan Brewer, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
“Support the Troops: Domestic Propaganda in Wartime America since World War I”   

September 20
Nick Cullather, Indiana University
“Ye Shall Know the Truth: Central Intelligence and the Politics of Knowledge in the Early Cold War”

October 4
Sheyda Jahanbani, University of Kansas
“Inventing Global Poverty in Cold War America”

November 15
Mel Leffler, University of Virginia
“Victory: The ‘State’, the West & the Cold War”

January 17
Steven Press, Harvard University
“Sovereignty at Guantanamo: New Evidence, German Origins, and a Comparative Historical Perspective”

February 7
Susan Carruthers, Rutgers University at Newark
“Reconstructing Reconstruction: Civil War Legacies and the American Practice of Military Government in the Twentieth Century”

April 4
Holly Case, Cornell University
“Diplomatic Revolution from Below: The Eastern Question & European Foreign Ministries, 1830-1923”

October 20
Cemil Aydin, George Mason University
“The Ottoman Empire and the Idea of the ‘Muslim World’: Internationalizing Intellectual History”

November 10
Louise Young, University of Wisconsin
“The Past in the Present: the Local History Movement and Urban Branding in Interwar Japan”

January 19
Nathan Citino, Colorado State University
“US-Arab Relations and the Politics of Modernization during the Cold War”

February 16
Peter Turchin, University of Connecticut
“Warfare and Empire: The Evolution of Complex Societies”

March 15
Ines Prodoehl, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC
“Soybeans in Global Perspective, 1900-1950”

March 29
Vanessa Ogle, University of Pennsylvania
“The Globalization of Time-Keeping”