Two Navies, One Highway: Britain, America, and Global Sea Power since 1968

Two Navies, One Highway: Britain, America, and Global Sea Power since 1968

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Lycoming welcomes guest lecturer Peter John Brobst, Ph.D., to discuss the significance of maritime security, drawing from his ongoing book about sea power, globalism and the Anglo-American alliance during the Cold War, on April 4 on the Lycoming College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public, and begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

The lecture, “Two Navies, One Highway: Britain, America, and Global Sea Power since 1968,” is part of the Robert H. Ewing Lecture Series. “One highway” was a phrase used by former British Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly, a prominent figure during the Cold War who emphasized the significance of maritime concerns as part of Western security. The lecture draws on extensive research, including a review of Le Bailly’s papers at Cambridge University.

Peter John Brobst is an associate professor of modern European history at Ohio University, where he teaches courses on the British Empire, geopolitics and naval history. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Brobst has written and spoken widely on contemporary issues of defense and foreign policy as well as historical problems of strategy and diplomacy. He is the author of The Future of the Great Game: Sir Olaf Caroe, India’s Independence, and the Defense of Asia, and is currently completing a book about British and American sea power in the Indian Ocean during the Cold War.

The Robert H. Ewing Lecture Series was established in 1973 to celebrate Robert H. Ewing, whose passion for history and strong devotion to liberal arts education touched the lives of many throughout his twenty-seven years of service at Lycoming College.

“For over four decades, we have been honored to present lectures by distinguished historians to our own academic community,” said Laura Seddelmeyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Lycoming. “I am proud and excited to continue that tradition this year with Dr. Brobst’s lecture.”

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