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“Reluctant Warriors…”: A Talk by Kevin J. McNamara

Date: Time: 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Sheldon Museum of Art Room: Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium
Additional Info: SHEL
Contact: Dr. James D. Le Sueur (Chair), (402) 472-2414,
Inaugural Frank A. Belousek Lecture in Czech History.

Kevin J. McNamara is the author of “Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the map of Europe,” a lively yet comprehensive account of the highly dramatic events that led to the founding of Czecho-Slovakia in 1918. The story involves an ad hoc army of ex-POWs that inadvertently seized all of Siberia, global espionage, high-stakes diplomacy, and America’s own Czechs and Slovaks, who raised funds and pressured President Woodrow Wilson to grant their peoples’ independence.

A former journalist, bureau chief and U.S. congressional aide, McNamara is an associate scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA, and a former contributing editor of Orbis, its quarterly journal of world affairs. Sponsored by the Department of History.

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