When American Supremacy Seemed Strange: The Birth of U.S. Global Primacy in World War II

Global History Workshop
Event date: 
February 11, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Stephen Wertheim
Princeton University
Seminar Series: 
Global History Workshop
Co-Sponsored by: 
Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy

"When American Supremacy Seemed Strange: The Birth of U.S. Global Primacy in World War II"
Stephen Wertheim
Postdoctoral Fellow, University Center for Human Values and Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, WWS

To attend to this workshop, RSVP to Jennifer Loessy at jloessy@princeton.edu. Lunch will be served, and maximum attendance is  25 people.

Stephen received a PhD with distinction from Columbia University in 2015. His first book, entitled Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy in World War II, is under contract with Harvard University Press. It explains why American political and intellectual leaders first decided that the United States should become world’s politically and militarily supreme power, even though armed supremacy had previously struck them as imperialistic. Then it reveals how they sought to legitimate American supremacy, namely by co-opting the concept of internationalism and creating the United Nations.

Stephen has published scholarly articles in Diplomatic History, Journal of Global History, Journal of Genocide Research, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, in addition to writing for The Nation and other journalistic venues. His article on the intellectual origins of the League of Nations won the 2012 Fischel-Calhoun Prize from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Stephen currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in values and public policy at Princeton University. He is affiliated with the University Center for Human Values and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a Junior Research Fellow at King’s College, University of Cambridge.

His doctoral studies were supported by a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Doris G. Quinn Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, and John Anson Kittredge Fund Grant. Stephen received an MPhil from Columbia University in 2011 and an AB summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2007.

The Global History Workshop, held periodically over the semester, is currently engaged in on-going discussions about empire in world history, generously funded by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. For the academic year 2015-16, this venture will be subsumed under a Sawyer Seminar on “Imperial Histories and Global Regimes”, funded by the Mellon Foundation. In addition, these grants support on-going graduate workshops in Imperial and Colonial History.
Area of Interest: 
War & Society
United States
20th Century