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Cancelled: American Academy Lecture at ESMT Berlin with Benn Steil

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We regret to inform you of the cancellation of the American Academy Lecture at ESMT Berlin with Benn Steil, as he has decided not to travel to Europe at this time. We hope to confirm a new date very soon. We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.


"The Marshall Plan, the Cold War, and the Birth of the Liberal Order"

The Marshall Plan — the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II — marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear new Russian and American archival material, Steil shows that it was only after the launch of the plan in 1947 “that both sides, the United States and the Soviet Union, became irrevocably committed to securing their respective spheres of influence.” In his award-winning book, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War, Steil describes how President Harry S. Truman’s State Department, under George C. Marshall’s leadership, formulated the recovery program to provide Europe with a new economic and political architecture appropriate for a continent divided into two worlds: a capitalist and a communist one. The Marshall Plan “promised a continuing energetic U.S. presence, underwritten by a reindustrialized capitalist western Germany at the heart of an integrated, capitalist western Europe,” Steil explains. His narrative, which Paul Kennedy’s Wall Street Journal review calls “brilliant,” brings to life the most dramatic episodes of the early Cold War — such as the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany—and shows how they unfurled from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s determination to undermine the U.S. intervention.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
6:00 p.m.

”The Marshall Plan, the Cold War, and the Birth of the Liberal Order”
ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

Speaker: Benn Steil

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.
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*Please note, this American Academy Lecture at ESMT Berlin will be held in English.

About the speaker

Benn Steil is senior fellow, director of international economics, and the official historian in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is also the founding editor of International Finance, a scholarly economics journal; lead writer of the Council’s Geo-Graphics economics blog; and creator of five web-based interactives tracking global monetary policies and practices. He is the author, most recently, of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War, the New-York Historical Society’s 2019 book of the year, and The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order.