The Marshall Plan: Benn Steil with Timothy Naftali
Where: New York Public Library—Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
212-340-0863 Price: Free
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At the end of World War II, the British empire was crumbling just as Stalin’s was beginning to rise. The U.S. government and secretary of state George C. Marshall planned the reconstruction of western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. The subsequent creation of NATO, the European Union, and a collective Western identity continues to shape world events. But Stalin was determined to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe. The critical years from 1947 to 1949 witnessed the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In The Marshall Plan, Benn Steil provides critical context of the international landscape, showing that the tenuous balance of power and uncertainty of the late 1940s still has ramifications today.
Benn Steil is the senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He will be joined in conversation by NYU professor Timothy Naftali, who specializes in national security and presidential history.Buy tickets/get more info now