Washington History Seminar

Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the Moderates who Ended the Cold War

Monday, October 20, 2014
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom

Gregory F. Domber
Triumphalist accounts of the end of the Cold War point to Poland as a central example of the Reagan administration’s successful strategy to undermine Communist power. Based on significant new international research, Domber reassesses the nature of Western influence on the end of the Cold War, highlighting where Soviet reforms created space for change in Eastern Europe and rejecting claims of any direct U.S. responsibility for the collapse of Communism. American policy did, however, empower the indigenous dissident movement that deserves credit for bringing democracy to Poland in 1989.

University of North Florida
The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support.


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