The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy

Professor and Department Chair, Department of History, The Catholic University of America


Michael Kimmage

Thursday, October 8, 2020  |  12:15 - 1:30 pm CDT  |  Zoom


Michael Kimmage specializes in the history of the Cold War, in twentieth-century U.S. diplomatic and intellectual history and in U.S.-Russian relations since 1991. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. His latest book, The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy is a study of transatlantic relations and U.S.-Russian relations from World War I to the present. Professor Kimmage has published three books to date: The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers and the Lessons of Anti-Communism (Harvard University Press, 2009); In History’s Grip: Philip Roth’s Newark Trilogy (Stanford University Press, 2012); and Wolfgang Koeppen’s Journey through America (Berghahn, 2012), a German-language travelogue published in 1959 and translated by Professor Kimmage. Professor Kimmage has written articles and books reviews for the New York TimesWashington PostNew RepublicFrankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungJewish Review of Books and Los Angeles Review of Books. He has been a visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and at Vilnius University in Lithuania.


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