June 9, 2011
Noted historian and Stanford University Professor Emeritus of Modern European History James Sheehan, visited EUCOM to discuss his book "Where Have all the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe," Dr. Sheehan asserts that, for centuries, war was Europe's defining narrative, affecting every aspect of political, social, and cultural life. He describes a post-World War II Europe as a period of redefining statehood and rejecting ballooning defense budgets in favor of material well-being, social stability, and economic growth. His analysis offers an explanation of how and why this happened, and what it means for the rest of the world. He covers the major intellectual and political events in Europe from the pacifist and militarist movements of the early twentieth century and two catastrophic world wars to the fall of the Berlin Wall and after. This authoritative history provides much-needed context for understanding the fractured era in which we live.