October 25, 2010


Pivot point: The Yalta Conference, World War II, and the Cold War

Fraser Harbutt Book ReportIf you want to truly understand World War II, the Cold War, or the international history of the 1940s in general, Emory history professor Fraser Harbutt argues that we need to take a different perspective.

At the Yalta Conference in February 1945, leaders Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill came together to make post-war reorganization decisions – including choices about how to split Germany into occupied zones. In his new book, “Yalta 1945: Europe and America at the Crossroads” (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Harbutt writes that for too long, Yalta has been understood primarily in terms prescribed by an American perspective.

Instead, he offers a new, internationalist perspective that reframes the famed conference and shows its true influence on international relations leading up to the Cold War.

“Yalta 1945” has received two awards, and Cambridge University Press is nominating the book for a Pulitzer Prize.

Click on player below to listen to Harbutt talk about Yalta’s role in World War II and its influence on the Cold War.

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