Susan L. Carruthers: Victors, Vanquished, and Victims: US Occupation Soldiers in Postwar Europe and Asia, 18 March

Susan L. Carruthers, Professor of History, University of Warwick Co-sponsored by East Asian Studies How do you know you've won a war? What sensations and experiences are bound up with being victorious? Superficially, it might seem that there would be little new to say on this subject. After all, aren't victors the ones empowered to write history? But this cliché ignores the subjectivity of US enlisted men, women, and soldiers of colour, many of whom quickly came to feel that they were victims of an uncaring military establishment and of unfortunate circumstances after…continue reading →
Understanding The Cold War As An Imaginary War

Understanding The Cold War As An Imaginary War

The Cold War began as a metaphor. It was an analogy that used temperature to indicate a state of conflict just short of an actual 'hot' war. When George Orwell coined the term 'Cold War' in his article in Tribune on 19 October 1945, he situated the genealogy of this new type of conflict in the connections between democratisation, empire-building and weapons technology. Military weapons, Orwell knew, are an instrument of power well beyond their actual use on the battlefield. And as only a limited number of countries might be able to harness the…continue reading →