Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe
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This presentation will emphasize Wilson's "mental mapping" of Eastern Europe, what he knew and how he learned about the region, and how his ideas, impressions, prejudices, and principles combined to shape his sense of policy and the actual remaking of Eastern Europe on the geopolitical map following World War I.
Larry Wolff is the Julius Silver Professor of History at New York University, executive director of the NYU Remarque Institute, and co-director of NYU Florence at Villa La Pietra. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research has focused on the relation between Eastern Europe and Western Europe, especially pursuing the argument that Eastern Europe was "invented" in the eighteenth century by the philosophes and travelers of the Enlightenment. His most recent book is Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe (2020). He is also the author of The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon (2016), Paolina’s Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova’s Venice (2012), The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (2010), Venice and the Slavs: The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment (2001), Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment (1994), The Vatican and Poland in the Age of the Partitions (1988), and Postcards from the End of the World: Child Abuse in Freud's Vienna (1988). He writes frequently about opera, publishing essays and reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Hudson Review. He has received Fulbright, American Council of Learned Societies, and Guggenheim fellowships, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.