Joseph Stalin and the Dissolution of the Comintern
On May 22, 1943, Moscow announced the dissolution of the Communist International.
A Marshall Plan for Wartime Destruction in Ukraine?
In an address to the Harvard graduating class on June 5, 1947, General George C. Marshall called for a European Recovery Plan for war torn Europe. Marshall’s call, and the Marshall Plan that bears his name, continues to resonate today with respect to the war in Ukraine and the need to rebuild in its aftermath.
The 1945 San Francisco Conference and the Creation of the United Nations
In April 1945, fifty nations gathered in San Francisco, California and created The United Nations.
Conversation on Post-1945 Japan with Yoshikuni Igarashi, PhD
Yoshikuni Igarashi, PhD answers more of the audience’s questions from the February 2022 webinar on post-1945 Japan
The Origins of "Cool" in Post-WWII America
The modern usage of the word “cool” surfaced during World War II. Cool was a new concept, a new set of encoded ideas, and a new musical aesthetic. This article explores the idea in a post-WWII context.
Fears of Retribution in Post-War Germany
Three groups were at the heart of post-war German fears of revenge: Jewish Holocaust survivors, Eastern European Displaced Persons, and American occupation officials.
Learning from the War: Mexican Americans and Their Fight for Equality after World War II
During the war, Mexican Americans served in the military and worked on the Home Front to support their country, and when it ended, were no longer willing to accept second-class citizenship.
Conflict in Post-War Yugoslavia: The Search for a Narrative
This essay offers some ways of thinking about how to make sense of the complicated post-war moment through the case of Yugoslavia.
The Soviet Occupation of Austria
How Soviet occupation policy in Austria took shape warrants more attention.
Year Zero: Restocking the Post-war Zoo
This article examines how World War II marked an important moment in the political history of modern zoos.
The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and “American Justice”
To ensure that “justice” was done at Nuremberg, American occupation officials set German war criminals free decades ahead of schedule.
Strangers in Their Own Land: Romani Survivors in Europe 1945
When the war in Europe ended in the spring of 1945, Romani survivors were scattered, exhausted, and traumatized.