Erez Manela, Public Lecture 3/3/09
Erez Manela, Harvard University "A Pox on Your Narrative: Writing Disease Control into Postwar History" In the 20th century alone, smallpox killed an estimated 300 million people--more than twice the death toll in all the century's wars combined--until it was eradicated in 1977, and yet this story is rarely integrated into narratives of postwar history. How could this campaign be understood as intellectual, political, social, and cultural history? How might it inflect our view of common interpretive schemes for postwar history, such as the "Cold War", and what can it tell us about the challenges of writing the history of international society? Erez Manela teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world at Harvard University, and is the author of The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007). He is currently writing a history of the global campaign to eradicate smallpox.
Location: Room 211 Dickinson Hall
Date/Time: 2009-03-03 at 4:30 pm - 2009-03-03 at 6:00 pm
Please contact Barbara Leavey (blleavey@princeton; 8-5893) for a copy of Manela's paper in pdf format or more details.Category: Public Lectures