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Michael Adasalt

Abraham E. Voorhees Professor Emeritus of History and Board of Governors' Chair

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

At Rutgers 1970-2015

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World War I, the Vietnam War and their global impact, including Everyman in Vietnam: A Soldier’s Journey into the Quagmire, with Joseph J. Gilch;A Grave Dug in Flanders: World War I and the Crisis of the European World Order for the Cambridge University Press; and The Soldiers’ Lament: Misbegotten Wars and the Decline of Great Powers for the Harvard University Press.



  • 506:201 20th Century Global History to 1945
  • 506:202 20th Century Global History since 1945
  • 510:318 The Era of World War I
  • 506:360 Age of Global Empires, 1450-1750
  • 512:355 America's Rise to Global Power
  • History Seminars on "American Interventions Overseas" and "Colonial Wars"


  • 510:551 Seminar on Global and Comparative History
  • 510:574 Approaches to Global History
  • 510:575 Colloquium on Comparative and Global History


  • With Hugh Cagle, “The Age of Settlement and Colonization” for TheAshgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories, edited by Philippa Levine and John Marriot (Farnham, Surry: Ashgate, 2012).
  • "Comparative History and the Challenge of the Grand Narrative" A Companion to World History, edited by Douglas Northrup (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), chapter fifteen.
  • World Civiliizations: The Global Experience (New York: Longman, 2011), 6th edition; AP version, 3rd edition; Chinese-language edition. (With Peter Stearns and Stuart Schwartz).
  • Enduring Edition of Prophets of Rebellion: Millenarian Protest Movements against the European Colonial Order (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2011).
  • Paperback Edition of The Burma Delta:  Economic Development and Social Change on an Asian Rice Frontier, 1852-1941 (Madison, WI.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011)
  • Korean-language edition of Machines as the Measure of Men (Seoul: Sanchurum Publishers, 2011).
  • A Japanese Translation of “Fatal Ambiguities: Cold War Rivalries, American Pro-Democracy Rhetoric, and Nation-Building in the Developing World” in Nationalism and Democracy, edited by Takashi Kato (Tokyo: Seikei Center for Pacific and Asian Studies, 2011), pp. 67-90.
  • Essays on Twentieth Century History (Philadelphia: Temple University Press-AHA, 2010).


  • Toynbee Prize, 2012
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1984-1985
  • Warren Susman Teaching Award (1987-1988) and Teacher of the Year Award (1992)
  • NJ-NEH Book Award (1990) and the Dexter Prize (1991) for Machines as the Measure of Men


  • American Historical Association
  • World History Association
  • Society for the History of Technology

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