Washington History Seminar | The Project-State and Its Rivals: A New History of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

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End: March 4, 2024
More Info: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tsODka7cSbePE8_SY9HBPQ

Join Charles Maier (Harvard Univ.) and Victoria de Grazia (Columbia Univ) for a discussion on Dr. Maier’s book, The Project-State and Its Rivals, which offers a radical alternative interpretation that takes us from the transforming challenges of the world wars to our own time. In this account, which draws on the author’s studies over half a century, Maier invites a rethinking of the long twentieth century. His history of state entanglements with capital, the decline of public projects, and the fragility of governance explains the fraying of our own civic culture—but also allows hope for its recovery.

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Charles S. Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1960 and 1967 respectively, with an interim year of study at St. Antony's College, Oxford.  Among his books are Recasting Bourgeois Europe (1975), The Unmasterable Past:  History, Holocaust, and German National identity (1988), and most recently, Once within Borders: Territories of Power, Wealth, and Belonging (2016).  He is currently writing an interpretative history of the last 100 years, tentatively entitled "A New Spirit of the Laws."

Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, was educated at Smith College, University of Florence, and Columbia University where she received her Ph.D. in history with distinction in 1976. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1994, she taught at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie in contemporary history, with longstanding commitments to studying western Europe and Italy from a gendered perspective and to developing a global perspective on commercial revolutions. Her publications include: Irresistible Empire: America's Advance Through Twentieth Century Europe (2005); The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective (ed., 1996); How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1922-1945 (1992); The Culture of Consent: Mass Organization of Leisure in Fascist Italy (1981). She is currently writing a book about intimacy and power in Fascist Italy.