Podcast / American Prestige / Apr 2, 2024

The Cold War’s Afterlife

On this episode of American Prestige, part 1 of a discussion on post–Cold War malaise of the 1990s.

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The Cold War's Afterlife, Pt. 1 w/ Penny Von Eschen | American Prestige
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On this episode of American Prestige, we chat with Penny Von Eschen, William R. Kennan Jr. professor of American Studies and professor of history at UVA, about her book Paradoxes of Nostalgia: Cold War Triumphalism and Global Disorder since 1989.

In this first part of the discussion, the group explores the affective dimension of nostalgia, how the “end of history” and “clash of civilizations” narratives influenced U.S. policy starting in the 1990s. We also discuss the post-Cold War malaise that took hold, and the proliferation of anti-government ideologies amidst a massive increase in military spending.

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US President Bill Clinton and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Stamford Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 12, 1999, during the first day of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.

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On this episode of American Prestige, we chat with Penny Von Eschen, William R. Kennan Jr. Professor of American Studies and professor of history at UVA, about her book Paradoxes of Nostalgia: Cold War Triumphalism and Global Disorder since 1989.

In this first part of the discussion, the group explores the affective dimension of nostalgia, how the “end of history” and “clash of civilizations” narratives influenced US policy starting in the 1990s. We also discuss the post–Cold War malaise that took hold, and the proliferation of anti-government ideologies amidst a massive increase in military spending.

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'Patriots' on Broadway with Michael Stuhlbarg | American Prestige
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On this episode of American Prestige, we welcome to the podcast, actor Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious ManCall Me By Your Name, Boardwalk Empire) to discuss his role in the new Broadway play, Patriots, which portrays billionaire Boris Berezovsky’s (Stuhlbarg) relationship with Vladimir Putin (Will Keen) in 1991. The group discusses the challenges in nuanced portrayals of Berezovsky and Putin, how preparing for the character pushed Michael to reframe his perspective on the end of the USSR, the resonance between the events of the play and the current situation in the United States, notions of homeland and patriotism for Berezovsky, and more.

Patriots is playing now on Broadway through June 23 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The documentary series, Russia 1985–1999: TraumaZone, that Michael referenced was created by Adam Curtis.

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Daniel Bessner

Daniel Bessner is an historian of US foreign relations, and cohost of American Prestige, a podcast on international affairs.

Derek Davison

Derek Davison is a writer and analyst specializing in international affairs and US foreign policy. He is the publisher of the Foreign Exchanges newsletter, cohost of the American Prestige podcast, and former editor of LobeLog.

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