Fri, November 14, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
Dean Acheson was one of the most important, accomplished, and consequential diplomats in American history. He played a decisive part in the conceptualization and creation of a new, American-dominated world order in the wake of the Second World War. He assumed an equally critical role in the development of an overall strategy for containing the Soviet challenge while simultaneously rebuilding the military, economic, social, and political strength of the West. But his relationship with the BritRobert J. McMahon is the Ralph Mershon Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University. His books include The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction (2003); The Limits of Empire: The United States and Southeast Asia since World War II (1999); and Cold War on the Periphery: The United States, India, and Pakistan (1994). He served as President of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2001.