Department of History


(Forthcoming) World War I, the Vietnam War and their impact on British and American global dominance (Harvard University Press). A critique of early and recent interventions in the Great Divergence debate, and technological change and America’s rise to global power in the first half of the twentieth century.



  • 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


  • World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 8th college and AP editions, coauthored with Peter Stearns and Stuart Schwartz (Saddle River, NJ: Longman, 2019).
  • Everyman in Vietnam: A Soldier’s Journey Into the Quagmire, coauthored with Joseph Gilch (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • “Bad Wars, Failed Nation-Building, and the Retreat from Globalism,” Pacific and American Studies 18 (March, 2018), pp. 34-43.
  • “Landmark Reforms, War, and Failed Leadership: The Enduring Legacy of 1968” Revisiting 1968: Analyzing an Age of Change [Japanese Translation], ed. Hiroshi Fujimoto (Nanzan University Press, 2018.
  • “Ambivalent Ally: American Military Intervention and the Endgame and Impact of World War I,” Diplomatic History 38/3 (2014), pp. 1-14. Also published in David Ekbladh and Thomas Zeiler, eds., The American Legacy and World War 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “Racism and the First World War,” The 60th Anniversary Issue of Collected Papers of History Studies (Jilin, China: Jilin University, 2017).
  • “The Age of Settlement and Colonization,” coauthored with Professor Hugh Cagle, the University of Utah, for The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories, edited by Philippa Levine and John Marriot (Farnham, Surry: paperback edition, 2017).


  • 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
  • Society for the History of Technology

Upcoming Events

Tue Feb 07 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Alison Hight: RCHA Seminar
Tue Feb 14 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Aries Li: RCHA Seminar
Fri Feb 17 @ 9:00AM - 02:30PM
Tuna Artun: High School Teachers Institute
Tue Feb 21 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Paul Mercandetti: RCHA Seminar
Wed Feb 22 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
History Faculty Meeting
Fri Feb 24 @ 2:00PM - 03:30PM
Book Manuscript Talk by Dr. Eilin Pérez: Global Asias


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