Kevin Y. Kim presents “‘Never Again Enter Upon Such Crusades’: Herbert C. Hoover and the Meaning of Conservatism”

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In mid-February, IAS faculty member Kevin Y. Kim gave a talk, titled “‘Never Again Enter Upon Such Crusades’: Herbert C. Hoover and the Meaning of Conservatism” at the Harvard International and Global History Seminar, hosted by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. This paper focused on former U.S. president Herbert Hoover’s pursuit of a U.S. grand strategy of “restraint” across a global age of “total war” since World War I. As Kim argues, Hoover’s political pursuits powerfully shaped conservatives, U.S. foreign policy, and U.S. and global attitudes toward war, revolution, and international society from the late-nineteenth century Age of Empire through the Sixties-era of Cold War détente.

This paper draws on Kim’s work as a 2018-19 faculty fellow at the Warren Center, a world-leading center of historical inquiry. Each year, the Warren Center invites and hosts about a half dozen scholars from around the world. This year’s theme is “U.S. Power in the Global Arena,” a yearlong seminar led by Harvard historians Fredrik Logevall and Erez Manela. There, Kim and other leading scholars of international relations and history are interrogating U.S. global power’s diplomatic, military, economic, cultural, and social manifestations, as well as various locales from high state politics, global conflicts, local communities, and international organizations to non-state actors, intellectual currents, and social movements.