In Woodrow Wilson's Shadow: America's Great War, 1914-2014
When: Fri 21 Feb 2014, 18.30-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £4 / £3 concessions
In the second Sulgrave Manor Watson Chair lecture to be hosted by the British Library, Professor David Reynolds reflects on America’s role in the World War I and how it has been remembered. At the centre of his story is the protean figure of Woodrow Wilson – variously seen as hero, villain and far-sighted prophet, lionised in turn by liberals and conservatives. But equally important is the conflict itself – successively re-interpreted through the lenses of the Depression, World War II and especially Vietnam.
David Reynolds, Professor of International History at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Christ’s College, will be drawing on his new book The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century (Simon & Schuster, 2013). He is the author of 11 books, including America, Empire of Liberty (2009) linked to the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, and he won the Wolfson Prize for In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War (2004). Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005, he has held visiting positions at Harvard, Sciences Po in Paris and Nihon University, Tokyo. He is currently Chairman of the History Faculty at Cambridge.
Co-sponsored by Sulgrave Manor and the Eccles Centre