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Pearl Harbor@75 - A Symposium on the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the Road to World War II

Samstag, 5. November 2016
Utica [NY], USA
Samstag, 15. Oktober 2016

Few events are so ingrained into the American psyche and popular culture as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite the attack’s centrality in America’s road to war narrative, most Americans know very little about the causes of the event. Our abridged understanding goes something like this: on December 7, 1941, the empire of Japan launched a sneak attack against the United States for no reason. Japan’s ambassadors had been engaged in discussions with American diplomats as a smokescreen, masking the “evil empire’s” true intentions—world domination. This retelling of the events is not only inaccurate, it does disservice to history.

The symposium will examine the attack on Pearl Harbor from diverse perspectives—cultural, economic, military, national, political, and social—with the intention of creating a sustained dialog to facilitate a greater understanding of this seminal event in world history.

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Registration Fee:  $25

Time:  08.30 - 18.30

Conference Venue:  Utica College, Center for Historical Research, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica NY 13502, USA



Nine historians will discuss this watershed and still debated event in US and world history from diverse perspectives  - 

William Ashbaugh (State University of New York at Oneonta)

Carl Boggs (National University)

Hal Friedman (Henry Ford College, Dearborn [Michigan] )

Walter Grunden (Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green [Ohio] )

Frank Jacob (Queensborough Community College - City University of New York)

Takuma Melber (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Tom Pollard (National University)

Paul Thompson (Society for Military History)

David Ulbrich (Rogers State University, Claremore [Oklahoma] )



David G. Wittner, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Utica College Center for Historical Research

+1 315 792 3332



Marc Hansen



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