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U.S. Embassy Berlin
Mittwoch 15.06. 19.00 Uhr

Another Marshall Plan? Myths and Truths 75 Years Later

Presentation with Q&A

Location: Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg, Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 16, 70173 Stuttgart
Entrance: Free
Language: English
Registration: anmeldung@daz.org


Two world wars, three totalitarianisms in 25 years and the spread of communism spawned the idea and implementation of the Marshall Plan. It was misery and despair which turned political extremism into mass movements, while general prosperity promoted freedom and tolerance. Yet, the connection between prosperity and pluralism is not simple. The single market, developed to world level, can produce violent identity backlashes. But when it comes to rebuilding Ukraine – and perhaps even post-Putin Russia – the discussion is: Will America’s examples once again turn out to be indispensable, and will the Marshall Plan be the great moral inspiration?


With: David Ellwood, Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe
In cooperation with
: Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg, U.S. Embassy Berlin, U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt

David Ellwood is Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe.
Since 2020, Professor Ellwood has been a Fellow at Einaudi Foundation in Turin, Italy. Formerly he was associate professor of contemporary international history at the University of Bologna (until November 2012). Ellwood has served as president of the International Association for Media and History (1996-2002). At SAIS he teaches the course ‘Soft Power and Global Politics.’ His first major book was Italy 1943-1945: The Politics of Liberation (1985), followed by Rebuilding Europe: Western Europe, America and Postwar Reconstruction (1992). The fundamental theme of his research—the function of American power in contemporary European history—has shifted over the years to emphasize cultural power, hence two edited books on the theme Hollywood in Europe (Florence 1991, Amsterdam 1995). His large-scale work on America and the politics of modernization in Europe was published by Oxford University Press in July 2012 as The Shock of America. Europe and the Challenge of the Century (2nd edition, 2016). David Ellwood is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals, policy forums and news outlets. He received a PhD in Italian studies from the University of Reading.