April 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Faculty Book Talk | Maxwell Taylor and Cold War National Security Establishment, April 25

Ingo Trauschweizer, portrait

Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer

Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Contemporary History Institute, delivers a talk on Thursday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Baker Center 242.

Titled “Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam,” the talk draws on Trauschweizer’s recently-published book of the same title, an intellectual biography of General Maxwell D. Taylor and a study of the US national security establishment in the Cold War. Trauschweizer traces the career of Taylor, a Kennedy White House insider and architect of American strategy in Vietnam. Working with newly accessible and rarely used primary sources, he describes and analyzes the polarizing figure. The major themes of Taylor’s career, how to prepare the armed forces for global threats and localized conflicts and how to devise sound strategy and policy for a full spectrum of threats, remain timely and the concerns he raised about the nature of the national security apparatus have not been resolved.

Trauschweizer’s research focuses on strategy and policy, military institutions, civil-military relations, and the significance of war in American and European history and culture.

His first book, The Cold War US Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War, won the Society for Military History’s Distinguished Book Prize. With fellow OHIO history professor Dr. Steven Miner, he co-edited Failed States and Fragile Societies (2014) for Ohio University Press. Trauschweizer has published widely in professional journals and essay collections on Cold War history, militarism, and ways of war. He also edits the book series War and Society in North America with Dr. David J. Ulbrich for Ohio University Press.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Ohio University’s History Department and Contemporary History Institute.

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  • For more on Trauschweizer’s research and teaching, visit his History Department profile.

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