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April 16, 1996

Sir Michael Howard To Speak at the Library of Congress May 9

Michael Eliot Howard, professor emeritus of history at both Yale and Oxford, will speak on Karl von Clausewitz's On War on May 9 at 11 a.m. at the Library of Congress. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Mumford Room, on the sixth floor of the Library's Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

The lecture is part of a series on works "that have mattered to Western citizenship, statecraft, and public policy" sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library and funded by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, and the Library's Center for the Book.

As a specialist in the history of war, Michael Howard was appointed the first Lecturer in War Studies at King's College, University of London, in 1953, and established its independent Department of War Studies. At the same time he founded the International Institute for Strategic Studies, whose purpose is to promote discussion and research on the problems of international security, of which he is now the president. In 1968 Mr. Howard moved to the University of Oxford, where he served as Chichele Professor of the History of War and then as Regius Professor of Modern History. From 1989 to 1993 he held the Lovett Chair of Military and Naval History at Yale University.

Mr. Howard was responsible, with Professor Peter Paret of the Institute for Advanced Studies, for the 1983 translation from German of Clausewitz's On War, which is now the standard version in English. He has also written Studies in War and Peace (1970), The Causes of Wars (1983), The Lessons of History (1991), and The Mediterranean Strategy in the Second World War (1968, 1993). Mr. Howard has received the NATO Atlantic Award (1989) and the Paul Nitze Award (1994) from the U.S. Center for Naval Analysis. He was knighted in 1986 and made a Commander of the British Empire in 1987.

The May 9 lecture is open to the public and reservations are not necessary.

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PR 96-56
4/16/96
ISSN 0731-3527

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