In 1941 the publisher Henry Luce announced the beginning of an American century and called upon Americans to take up the burden of global leadership. Has the United States fulfilled its historic mission? Why has the idea of an American century exercised such fascination for writers? And after 2000, should we now be thinking of another American century?
Alan Brinkley, professor of history at Columbia University, will explore these points and more in a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 7 February.
Professor Arne Westad, co-director of the Cold War Studies Centre at LSE, will chair this event, which is part of the America as Another Country lecture series. Click here for details of the full lecture series.
The Idea of an American Century is on Tuesday 7 February at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk
The next event in the America as Another Country series is on Tuesday 14 February with Professor Arne Westad, LSE, launching his major new study, The Global Cold War: third world interventions and the making of our times.
30 January 2006