The Price of Peace: Yalta 1945

Yalta is the place where in eight days the fate of the world was decided by three of the most towering political figures of the 20th century: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. While World War II was still raging on all fronts, the Big Three partitioned Germany, redrew the borders of Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Far East, designed the future world organization, and paved the road to the future Cold War.

Using both Western and Soviet documentation we will discuss the strategies, negotiating techniques, motivation, and subterfuges of the participants. Additional reading materials will be provided during class.

Recommended Reading: Serhii M. Plokhy: Yalta; The Price of Peace; Viking Press: 2010; ISBN: 9780670021413. Additional reading materials will be provided during class.

  • Group Leader(s): GEORGE THEODOSIOU
  • Days: Mondays
  • Times: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Start Date: 10/7/2019
  • End Date: 11/11/2019
  • Sessions: 6
  • Exceptions: none
  • Venue: The Engineering Center
  • Teaching Style: Seminar
  • Weekly Preparation: 2 - 3 hours
  • Biography:

    George Theodosiou is a political refugee from behind the Iron Curtain. During his professional life he taught cardiology at the graduate level. Since retiring he has led over 20 seminars in the history of Eastern Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, and more at both Beacon Hill Seminars and Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.

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