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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

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.


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