On Monday 13 May 2024 Professor Andrew Preston (Cambridge University) will lead this month’s session of the Seminar Series on Modern North American History, organized in cooperation with the Sciences Po Center for History (CHSP) in Paris.

This a hybrid event. You can attend his lecture, titled From Planning to Strategy: New Deal Liberalism and the Invention of National Security, in person at Sciences Po-Paris or join online from 17:00 to 18:30 CEST.

Andrew Preston

In his talk, Andrew Preston will discuss his current research project. Historians are increasingly in agreement that American “national security” is not a timeless concept or a neutral descriptor of US foreign and military policies. It has a political, conceptual, and ideological history of its own that only recently has started to come to light. But where did it come from? Did it develop as a reaction to external crises, or was there something more to it? Drawing directly from a draft chapter from his forthcoming book The Invention of National Security, Preston will explain how the concept was a product of the late 1930s-early 1940s, but just as much for domestic reasons, rooted in political economy and social security, than as a reaction to the growing world crisis.

For more information on Andrew Preston and the event, click on the invitation. If you are interested in attending this lecture, please register here before Friday 10 May.

We look forward to welcoming you.