Please join the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy for a lecture from Penny M. Von Eschen, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Studies and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Dr. Von Eschen will discuss her new book Paradoxes of Nostalgia: Cold War Triumphalism and Global Disorder Since 1989 (Duke University Press, 2022).
Dr. Von Eschen's talk will begin with outlining the roads not taken in the years surrounding the collapse of the Eastern bloc. Widespread calls for political openness, a serious reckoning with the Cold War past and proposed reforms to address the social, economic, and environmental costs of Cold War policies were largely ignored. Instead, U.S. foreign policy was defined by the projection of unipolar military force and a doubling down on the extractive and ecologically destructive industries that had sustained Cold War militarism. Cold War triumphalist narratives – the idea that the United States “won” the Cold War through military might, have shaped justifications for war from the earliest post-Cold War interventions in Panama and Iraq, through the war on terror, and even to this day in Ukraine. Above all, this idea of U.S. “victory” though military strength has elevated military responses over diplomatic solutions. Memory battles over the Cold War past, seen in U.S. triumphalist victor's history along with Russian shifts from critical to mythic nostalgia, have resulted in the elevation of victim's history and mythic nostalgia critical to the rise of the right in Eastern Europe, the United Sates, and globally.
The talk will be held in-person and online over Zoom. In-person attendees can join us on November 16, 2022 at 4:30 PM in the Weigley Room, 914 Gladfelter Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia.
Online attendees can register to attend for free here: https://temple.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yGpqUWjLQCq66X8gt_w-dQ