Event Detail

From John McCloy to George Bush: America’s Foreign Policy Establishment, European Unity, and German Reunification, 1945-1990

Amerika Haus e.V. NRW, the University of Cologne,
and the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf
cordially invite you to this public lecture.


Thomas Alan Schwartz, PhD
Professor of History and Political Science at Vanderbilt University

In this lecture Prof. Schwartz will expand from his first book through to the Bush Administration.
He will trace certain continuities within America's foreign policy elite – a group largely drawn from Wall Street and East Coast banking to elite universities – who viewed America's relationship with Germany as a central priority of its foreign policy. They sought to promote that relationship, even while they harbored certain reservations about Germany, largely based on the history of the first part of the 20th century. These views specifically came to fruition during the crucial period after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
America's leaders pushed for a unified Germany within the North Atlantic alliance and favored the drive toward greater European unity.

Thomas Alan Schwartz is a historian of the foreign relations of the United States, with related interests in Modern European history and the history of international relations. His book America’s Germany: John J. McCloy and the Federal Republic of Germany (Harvard, 1991) received the Stuart Bernath Book Prize of the Society of American Foreign Relations, and the Harry S. Truman Book Award, given by the Truman Presidential Library.

Prof. Schwartz held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the German Historical Society, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for the Study of European Integration.

Free Entrance and no registration needed! The event will be held in English.

Ort: Uni Köln | Philosophikum Room 0.012 | Albertus-Magnus-Platz | 50931 Cologne