"Religion in American War and Diplomacy: A History"
Tue, October 23, 2012 • 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM • Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ 2.104
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invites you to Religion in American War and Diplomacy: A History with Andrew Preston, Senior Lecturer in American History at Cambridge University, on Tuesday, October 23 at 12:15 pm in Bass Lecture Hall LBJ 2.104. Refreshments will be provided.
Ever since John Winthrop argued that the Puritans' new home would be "a city upon a hill," Americans' role in the world has been shaped by their belief that God had something special in mind for them. But this is a story that historians have mostly ignored. In a talk based on his recent book Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, Andrew Preston will explore the major strains of religious fervor-liberal and conservative, pacifist and militant, internationalist and isolationist - that framed American thinking on international issues from the very first colonial wars to the twenty-first century.
Andrew Preston is Senior Lecturer in American History and a Fellow of Clare College at Cambridge University, where he also serves as Editor of The Historical Journal. He is the author of The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam (Harvard University Press, 2006) and co-editor, with Fredrik Logevall, of Nixon in the World: American Foreign Relations, 1969-1977 (Oxford University Press, 2008). His most recent book is Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (Knopf, 2012).
Listen to an interview with Andrew Preston on his latest book on NPR's Fresh Air.