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Davidson College Professors Will Discuss Origins of Cold War

March 8, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Davidson College historians Earl Edmondson and Ralph Levering will speak about the origins of the Cold War in the 900 Room of the College Union on Wednesday, March 14. Their presentation, entitled "The Cold War: U.S. and Soviet Perspectives," begins at 7:30 p.m.

Edmondson and Levering will be presenting their research for book they are co-writing entitled, The Origins of the Cold War. The book, intended for use in college classrooms, focuses on the early years of the Cold War and highlights the two major players of the conflict‹the United States and the Soviet Union.

In their presentation, Edmondson and Levering will give a general overview of the years leading up to the Cold War, and discuss in detail the London Conference of Foreign Ministers in 1945 and the Marshall Plan of 1947. Levering will give the U.S. perspective, and Edmondson will focus on the Soviet perspective.

Edmondson, professor and chair of the history department, is a graduate of Mississippi College and Duke University. His research focuses on modern European and Russian history, and he has published several works on Austria in the twentieth century, including The Heimwehr and Austrian Politics, 1918-1936.

Levering is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and Princeton University, and specializes in the role of public opinion and the news media in the making of U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of five books, including The Cold War: A Post-Cold War History, Peace Heroes in Twentieth-Century America, and The Kennedy Crises: The Press, the Presidency, and Foreign Policy, which he co-wrote with Montague Kern and Patricia Levering.

For more information on the history forum, call 894-2039.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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