October 2014

Friendly Reminder, Please Vote- 2014 SHAFR Election of Officers

SHAFR Members, please remember to vote in the 2014 SHAFR Election of Officers, open until 31 October 2014.

Members will receive postcards and e-mail messages with instructions and passwords needed to vote on-line. Candidate biographies are located within the online ballot. If you did not receive e-notification, please check your spam filter for a message titled “SHAFR Ballot”. (And, if you have already voted, thank you).

KrasnoUNC Video Lecture Series on YouTube- now with summaries

Klaus W. Larres

The KrasnoUNC YouTube channel features full video lectures and useful 5 minute insights by distinguished scholars and policymakers on issuesranging from human rights in the Cold War, to Truman and the creation of Israel, to oil and geopolitics, and much more. Featured scholars include Sarah Snyder, George Herring, Svetlana Savranskaya, and Robert McMahon.

Roundup- SHAFR historians on Syria

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This month in the New York Times, op-eds by SHAFR president Fredrik Logevall and by Jeremi Suri on Syria.

Logevall and Gordon M. Goldstein ask "Will Syria by Obama's Vietnam?", writing that

Mr. Obama, his supporters say, is a “gloomy realist” who has learned history’s lesson: that American military power, no matter how great in relative terms, is ultimately of limited utility in conflicts that are, at their root, political or ideological in nature.

The Atlantic on "The Anguish of Saving Endangered Scholars"

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From 1933-1945, the Rockefeller Foundation spent $1.5 million to save scholars from war and fascist governments in Europe by subsidizing "teaching positions for more than 300 academics at schools in the United States and Europe, including many appointments at New York’s New School for Social Research." Drawing upon two years of research in the foundation's archives, Steve Clemons discovered "fascinating, consequential debates about intellectual life under the Nazis—heart-wrenching correspondence about the state of European universities at a time when Adolf Hitler was beginning to wage war a