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[Past Event] U.S. Policy and Strategy: The Repeated Descent into War, 1939-1959

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Diplomatic historian and naval strategist Dr. Kenneth Hagan surveys the ultimately futile attempt by the United States to distance itself from the international crises culminating in World War II. Thwarted by an isolationist Congress, President Franklin Roosevelt modified his policy of neutrality with aid to England while planning to eventually fight first in Europe. Pearl Harbor forced his hand, and he oversaw a two-front war directed primarily against Japan. Overwhelming victory led to the abandonment of American isolationism and generated a determination to create a global network of alliances and subsidiary pro-American states. The war in Korea served the cause by shaking loose enormous funding for the military-industrial complex, then aimed at checking expansion of the Soviet Union.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursday, Oct. 10 *1:00 - 3:00pm*
Friday, Oct. 11 *10:00am - noon* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Kenneth J. Hagan, Ph.D., and Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve (Ret.), retired in 2010 as Professor of Strategy and War, U.S. Naval War College, Monterey Program. He holds the rank of Professor and Museum Director Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, where he taught naval history and U.S. foreign policy for twenty years.