Past Programs
The Coming of World War II
John Maurer , Dominic Tierney
Sat, November 3rd, 2012 |
10:00 am to 1:15 pm
(Members $36)

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.


Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 am

Churchill, Roosevelt and the Road to Pearl Harbor
Speaker: John Maurer
9:30 am

Hear a gripping account by John Maurer of the decisions that led to war and grapple with the changing strategic environment between the summer of 1940 and December 1941.

FDR and the Spanish Civil War
Speaker: Dominic Tierney
11 am

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) altered the course of European and world politics and shaped the path to World War II. Dominic Tierney will recall how the conflict aroused passionate debate in the United States, spurred thousands of Americans to volunteer to fight in Spain in the international brigades and inspired writers and artists from Ernest Hemingway to Pablo Picasso. For the first time, FDR challenged fascist aggression in Europe — illegally providing covert aid that was only recently discovered in the archives.

We invite you to visit the exhibition WWII & NYC following the program.


A senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, John Maurer is Chair of the Strategy and Policy Department at the US Naval War College, where he teaches a popular course on Churchill and grand strategy. Also a senior fellow of FPRI, Dominic Tierney is an associate professor of political science at Swarthmore College and author most recently of How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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