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Freedom from Fear: American Security and Insecurity in the World

Freedom from Fear: American Security and Insecurity in the World
73 Queens Pk Cr E, Northrop Frye Hall room 003
Time: Feb 28th, 4:30 pm End: Feb 28th, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC)
2014 Donald Creighton Lecture by Andrew Preston, Cambridge University

The Department of History is pleased to present the 2014 Donald Creighton Lecture

Andrew Preston, 2013 Charles Taylor Prize Winner

Freedom from Fear: American Security and Insecurity in the World

Reception to follow.  This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Click HERE to register.

The term “national security” is everywhere. It permeates virtually every aspect of U.S. foreign relations and defines much of the federal government’s structure for foreign and military policies. Under the aegis of national security, America has no defensive perimeter, and few of its interests are peripheral. But where does it come from? Have Americans always used the language of national security? If not, when did they start? The idea of national security has its own history, which is the subject of this year’s Donald Creighton Lecture.

ANDREW PRESTON is Reader in American History and a Fellow of Clare College at Cambridge University, where he also serves as editor of The Historical Journal. He has appeared on national television and radio in the United States and Canada and his writing has appeared in the Globe & Mail, the Boston Globe, ForeignAffairs.com, Politico, and History Today. He is the author of The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam (Harvard
University Press, 2006) and co-editor, with Fredrik Logevall, of Nixon in the World: American Foreign Relations, 1969-1977 (Oxford University Press, 2008). His most recent book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (Knopf, 2012), received the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize. He is also an alumnus of the University of Toronto (9T6), where he studied History and Political Science.

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