Historian John Lukacs commemorates end of World War II (Released: 11/9/95)
by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- John Lukacs, one of the foremost historians of the 20th century, will speak Tuesday, Nov. 14 on the significance of the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War in conjunction with the University of Connecticut's yearlong commemoration of human rights and the rule of law.
Lukacs is an eminent historian whose understanding of the arts, politics and economics allows him to convey the totality of historical experience, says Marvin Cox, coordinator of Western European studies and associate professor of French history. His works, known for their graceful prose and provocative opinions, are considered crucial for an understanding of contemporary life.
Lukacs, a professor emeritus of history from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, will discuss the topic at 3 p.m. in Room P108 of the Homer Babbidge Library.
Lukacs has written 16 books on events that have shaped Europe and the rest of the world in this century.
Some of his most notable books include The Last European War 1939-1941 and his memoir, Confessions of an Original Sinner, which looks at his life after World War II. During the War, Lukacs , who was born and raised in Hungary, endured life under German occupation and was able to escape to the United States in 1946 to avoid a second occupation, this time by the Russians.
In 1991 he was awarded the Ingersoll Prize for scholarly letters and was named the first John Marshall Chair in American History and American Studies at the University of Budapest.
He has also written over 400 articles and reviews for historical journals in the United States and Europe. Lukacs is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
His talk, From World War to Cold War, will be the last in a series of events sponsored by the Center for European Studies commemorating the 50 anniversary of the end of World War II. The talk is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Political Science Department, the Foreign Policy Seminar, Western European Studies and Slavic and Eastern European Studies.