Lecture Description

This talk will examine peace as its own historical process. It will focus on how working-class people transitioned from war to peace after World War II, but it will look at a variety of postwar eras in American history to interrogate what we mean when we think about “postwar.” War’s totality deserves our careful scrutiny—whatever our subfield—for war reaches deeply into civil society, scrambling some things and strengthening others, long after the fighting stops. Historical reflection on the years following a war can illuminate what people thought they were fighting for, what they gained and lost, and what they expected in return for the sacrifice. For these and other reasons, we should dissect our postwar epochs as carefully as we have our wars.


Labor and Working Class Peace

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