[WHS] Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr on Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World the World After 1989

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Please join us for a Washington History Seminar Panel with Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr on Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World the World After 1989

Monday, November 9 at 4:00 pm ET

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This landmark global study makes us rethink what happened when the Cold War ended and our present era was born. The world changed dramatically as the Berlin Wall fell and protest turned to massacre in Tiananmen Square. With fresh documentation and deft analysis, Post Wall Post Square offers a bold new interpretation of 1989’s revolutionary upheavals and of how a new world order was forged around this duality. Enlivened by vivid human stories, Kristina Spohr offers an authoritative yet highly readable exploration of the crucial hinge years of 1989-1992 and their consequences for today’s world.


Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr, Johns Hopkins University

Hope Harrison, George Washington University

Kristina Spohr is the Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. She is also on the permanent faculty of the International History Department of the London School of Economics. German-Finnish by birth she studied at the University of East Anglia, Sciences Po Paris and Cambridge University where she subsequently also held a Junior Research Fellowship. Prior to joining LSE, she worked at NATO HQ in the Secretary General’s Private Office. She has authored and co-edited eight books, most recently The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order (OUP, 2016) and Open Door: NATO and Euro-Atlantic Security After the Cold War (Brookings, 2019).

Hope M. Harrison is Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she has been since 1999. She is an expert on Germany, Russia, the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the politics and culture of memory. She is the author of After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and the prize-winning, Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961 (Princeton University Press, 2003), which was published to wide acclaim in German translation (Ulbrichts Mauer: Wie die SED Moskaus Widerstand gegen den Mauerbau brachte, Propyläen, 2011). She has published a variety of articles in scholarly journals (Cold War History, German Politics and Society, Deutschland Archiv, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte) and in the media (Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, Welt am Sonntag, Berliner Zeitung). Dr. Harrison served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the White House where she was Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2000-2001. She currently serves on the board of three institutions in Berlin connected to the Cold War and the Berlin Wall (the Allied Museum, the Berlin Wall Association, and BlackBox Cold War), and in Washington she is Co-chair of the Advisory Council of the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and a member of the Academic Council of the Victims of Communism Foundation.

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