Dr. Margaret Peacock will be giving a talk on her recently-published, groundbreaking work, Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood. In this book, Peacock recounts the Soviet and American history of childhood in the Cold War. She shows how propagandists on both sides of the iron curtain mobilized similar images of children in order to manipulate their populations into compliance and consensus. Based on extensive research spanning fourteen archives and three countries, Peacock tells a new story of the Cold War, seeing the conflict not as a divide between East and West, but as a struggle between the image makers and the people those images sought to control.
Dr. Margaret Peacock, Ph.D. in Russian History from The University of Texas, teaches, Russian, Soviet, and Cold War history in the Department of History at The University of Alabama. Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), has been included in the prestigious New Cold War History series, edited by Odd Arne Westad.
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Location: 205 Gorgas Library