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The Yalta Conference: The Road to the End of World War II

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, January 23, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0754
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Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, 1945

The February 1945 conference at Yalta marked the second meeting of the “Big Three”—the heads of state of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States—during the Second World War. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General Secretary Joseph Stalin, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt together anchored the Allied powers at war with Hitler’s Nazi Germany, an often-fragile coalition dating to December 1941.

The Yalta conference focused on what would come after the end of the fighting. The meeting dealt much more directly with the postwar world and the expectations that would shape the continent of Europe after the final defeat of Germany.

Christopher Hamner, a professor of history at George Mason University, examines the strategic context of the Yalta conference, the tensions among the different heads of state, and the implications of the discussions on both the end of the war and the postwar settlement.

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