If you go into reading history with an open mind what you’re looking for is to be surprised; you’re looking for things that tell you something you didn’t know.
The liberation of an oppressed people is indeed a noble venture. But as the U.S. learned in Iraq, it’s a complicated relationship between the liberated and their liberators. A BETTER PEACE welcomes William Hitchcock to discuss the lessons that were evident in France in the days following victory in Europe post WWII. Michael Neiberg interviewed Hitchcock at the new U.S. National World War II Museum in New Orleans, where they also discussed some tools of the trade for people who are looking to write history from a different vantage point.
William Hitchcock is the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author of The Bitter Road to Freedom: The Human Cost of Allied Victory in World War II Europe, a Pulitzer Prize nominated book. Michael Neiberg is the Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Photo Description: The Founders Plaza creates an impressive entryway to the National WWII Museum Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters building.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the National WWII Museum
Other releases in the “On Writing” series:
- UNDERSTANDING CHINA THROUGH ITS RECRAFTED PAST: RANA MITTER
- WRITING ON A DEADLINE: SHASHANK JOSHI
- REAGAN AS THE PEACEMAKER: WILL INBODEN
- W.E.B. DU BOIS IN THE WOUNDED WORLD: CHAD WILLIAMS (ON WRITING)
- RUSSIAN IMPERIAL HISTORY-THEN AND NOW: ALEXANDER MIKABERIDZE
- TAKING COMMAND: TAMI DAVIS BIDDLE
- HOW TO WRITE THE HISTORY THAT HASN’T ENDED: IAN ONA JOHNSON
- AS TIME GOES BY: UNDERSTANDING FREE & VICHY FRANCE (ON WRITING)
- SHIFTING MENTAL GEARS: PHILIP CAPUTO (ON WRITING)
- GENERAL HISTORY: H.R. McMASTER (ON WRITING)