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2014 PUBLICATIONS

H-Diplo Review Essay on Sandra Scanlon. The Pro-War Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of Modern American Conservatism
26 March 2014

H-Diplo Review Essay on George Shultz. Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future
19 March 2014

H-Diplo Review Essay on Robert J. McMahon (ed). The Cold War in the Third World
12 March 2014

H-Diplo Review Essay on G. Bruce Strang, ed. Collision of Empires: Italy's Invasion of Ethiopia and its International Impact
21 February 2014

H-Diplo Review Essay on Dong Wang, The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
31 January 2014

H-Diplo Review Essay on Giuliano Garavini, trans. Richard R. Nybakken. After Empires: European Integration, Decolonization, and the Challenge from the Global South, 1957-1986, and on Aurélie Élisa Gfeller. Building a European Identity: France, the United States, and the Oil Shock, 1973-1974
24 January 2014

2013 PUBLICATIONS

H-Diplo Review Essay on Joan Maria Thomàs. Roosevelt, Franco and the End of the Second World War
29 November 2013

The Assassination of Kennedy Fifty Years Later: The Cuban Question Mark, An Essay by Charles Cogan
22 November 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Michael Scott Van Wagenen. Remembering the Forgotten War: The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War
15 October 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Margit Reiter and Helga Embacher, eds. Europa und der 11. September 2011
20 September 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Roger Peace. A Call to Conscience: The Anti-Contra War Campaign
13 September 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Vanni Pettinà. Cuba y Estados Unidos, 1933-1959: del compromiso nacionalista al conflicto
11 September 2013

H-Diplo Review Forum on Patrick Finney. Remembering the Road to World War Two: International History, National Identity, Collective Memory (2010)
29 July 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay, "An Orthodox Interpretation of the Bush Wars: A Review Essay on Several Recent Studies on George W. Bush's Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
17 July 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Geoffrey Hale. So Near, Yet So Far: The Public and Hidden Worlds of Canada-US Relations
28 June 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Martin Evans. Algeria: France's Undeclared War
4 June 2013

Response to H-Diplo Review Essay on Jonathan Fenby. The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved
26 May 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Laura Jane Gifford and Daniel K. Williams, eds., The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism's Decade of Transformation
16 May 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Pierre Journoud. De Gaulle et le Vietnam (1945-1969)
10 May 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Jonathan Fenby. The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved
3 May 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt. Defending National Treasures: French Art and Heritage Under Vichy, on Nimrod Amzalak. Fascists and Honourable men: Contingency and Choice in French Politics, 1918-45, and on Antonin Cohen. De Vichy à la Communauté Européenne
26 April 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Francis H. Marlo. Planning Reagan’s War: Conservative Strategists and America’s Cold War Victory and on Gail E. S. Yoshitani. Reagan on War: A Reappraisal of the Weinberger Doctrine, 1980-1984
28 March 2013

H-Diplo Review Essay on Charles L. Robertson. When Roosevelt Planned to Govern France (2011)
4 February 2013

Andrew J. Bacevich, The 2012 George C. Marshall Lecture in Military History, "The Revisionist Imperative: Rethinking Twentieth Century Wars"
The Journal of Military History 76 (April 2012): 333-342
Reprinted by H-Diplo with the permission of Andrew Bacevich and of Bruce Vandervort, Editor of the Journal of Military History
16 January 2013

2012 PUBLICATIONS

H-Diplo Review Essay on William Michael Morgan. Pacific Gibraltar: U.S.-Japanese Rivalry over the Annexation of Hawai`i, 1885-1898
14 December 2012

H-Diplo Review Essay on Curt Cardwell. NSC 68 and the Political Economy of the Early Cold War (2011)
14 November 2012

H-Diplo Review Essay on George W. Liebmann. The Last American Diplomat: John D. Negroponte and the Changing Face of American Diplomacy (2012)
9 November 2012

H-Diplo Review Essay on Thomas Robertson. The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism (2012)
21 September 2012

H-Diplo Review Essay on George H. Nash, ed. Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath (2011)
17 September 2012

H-Diplo Review Essay on Zbigniew Brzezinski. Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power. New York: Basic Books, 2012
14 September 2012

Author's Response to Joshua Shifrinson. Review of Anthony D'Agostino, The Rise of Global Powers: International Politics in the Era of the World Wars. H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews. July, 2012.
8 September 2012

Review Essay on Robert Kagan The World America Made (2012)
11 July 2012

Review Essay on T.G. Otte. The Foreign Office Mind: The Making of British Foreign Policy, 1865-1914 (2011)
11 May 2012

Review Essay on Diplomatische Dokumente der Schweiz Band 23 (1.1.1964-31.12.1966)
27 April 2012

Review Essay on Sarah D. Shields. Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II (2011)
25 April 2012

Review Essay on Norman A. Graebner, Richard Dean Burns, and Joseph M. Siracusa. Foreign Affairs and the Founding Fathers: From Confederation to Constitution, 1776-1787 (2011)
2 April 2012

Review Essay on Charlotte Alston. Piip, Meierovics and Voldemara: The Baltic States (Makers of the Modern World Series) (2010)
28 March 2012

Review Essay on Christian Nuenlist, Anna Locher, and Garret Martin. Globalizing de Gaulle: International Perspectives on French Foreign Policies, 1958-1969
20 March 2012

Review Essay on Alan Sharp. Consequences of Peace: The Versailles Settlement: Aftermath and Legacy (Makers of the Modern World series) (2010)
3 January 2012

2011 PUBLICATIONS

Review Forum on Jay Taylor. The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (2009)
21 December 2011

H-Diplo Review Essay Forum on Michael Sutton. France and the Construction of Europe, 1944-2007: The Geopolitical Imperative (2007, 2011)
16 November 2011

The 2011 George C. Marshall Lecture in Military History, "Some Myths of World War II," by Gerhard L. Weinberg
Posted with permission from the Journal of Miliary History
14 November 2011

Review Essay on Daniel Mockli and Victor Mauer, eds. European-American Relations and the Middle East (2011)
Louise Fawcett
7 November 2011

Review Essay on Liaquat Ahamed. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (2009)
Stephen A. Schuker
24 October 2011

H-Diplo Review Essay by Holly Case on:

Carole Fink, Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection, 1878-1938 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Carole Fink, "Louis Marshall: An American Jewish Diplomat in Paris, 1919" in American Jewish History, vol. 94, No. 1-2 (March-June 2008), pp. 21-40.

Carole Fink, "The Palestine Question at the Paris Peace Conference" in Peacemaking, Peacemakers and Diplomacy, 1880-1939: Essays in Honor of Professor Alan Sharp, edited by Gaynor Johnson (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp. 122-134.
6 September 2011

Review Essay on:

Carl Bridge. William Hughes: Australia (Makers of the Modern World Series). London: Haus Publishing, 2011. x + 201pp. Notes, chronology, further reading, index. ISBN 978-1-905791-90-3 (hardcover, $19.95).

James Watson. WF Massey: New Zealand (Makers of the Modern World Series). London: Haus Publishing, 2010. xiv + 209pp. Notes, chronology, bibliographical note, index. ISBN: 978-1-905791-83-5 (cloth, $19.95)
22 June 2011

Review Essay on Federico Romero. Storia Della Guerra Fredda: L’Ultimo Conflitto Per L’Europa (2009)
Mark Gilbert
27 June 2011

Review of Hugh Purcell, The Maharaja of Bikaner: India. (Makers of the Modern World Series)
Barbara N. Ramusack
3 June 2011 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Michael Streeter. South America and the Treaty of Versailles. London: Haus Publishing Limited, 2010, viii + 222 pp. Map, illustrations, notes, further reading, index. ISBN 978-1-906598-24-2 (hardcover, $19.95)
13 April 2011 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Review of Andrew Mango. From the Sultan to Ataturk: Turkey (Makers of the Modern World Series)
Bülent Gökay
18 March 2011 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Rory Miller, ed. Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey, 2010. 194 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7546-6808-4.
Janice J. Terry
24 February 2011 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Eleftherios Venizelos. (Makers of the Modern World Series)
Andrew Dalby
31 January 2011 | H-Diplo Review Essay


2010 PUBLICATIONS

Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II
Michael Burleigh
13 December 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Epitácio Pessoa: Brazil (Makers of the Modern World)
Michael Streeter
8 December 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Wellington Koo: China (Makers of the Modern World)
Jonathan Clements
24 November 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

An American by Degrees: The Extraordinary Lives of French Ambassador Jules Jusserand
Robert J. Young
17 November 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box
Madeleine Albright
12 November 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Woodrow Wilson: United States (Makers of the Modern World)
Brian Morton
8 November 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Sir Robert Borden: Canada (Makers of the Modern World)
Martin Thornton
5 November 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

South East Asia: Prince Charoon and Others (Makers of the Modern World)
Andrew Dalby
1 November 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Karl Renner: Austria (Makers of the Modern World)
Jamie Bulloch
Mihály Károlyi and István Bethlen: Hungary (Makers of the Modern World)
Bryan Cartledge
Aleksandur Stamboliiski: Bulgaria (Makers of the Modern World)
R. J. Crampton
25 October 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Chaim Weizmann: The Dream of Zion (Makers of the Modern World)
Tom Fraser
11 October 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

Paul Hymans: Belgium (Makers of the Modern World)
Sally Marks
4 October 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

Prince Saionji: Japan (Makers of the Modern World)
Jonathan Clements
10 September 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

Historical Inevitability
Isaiah Berlin
7 September 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Satow's Guide to Diplomatic Practice
Sir Ivor Roberts
1 September 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

General Smuts: South Africa (Makers of the Modern World)
Anthony Lentin
7 July 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

Jacques Bainville: Profils et Receptions
Olivier Dard and Michel Grunewald
24 June 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Ignacy Paderewski: Poland (Makers of the Modern World)
Anita Prazmowska
16 June 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

The Hashemites: The Dreams of Arabia (Makers of the Modern World)
Robert McNamara
11 June 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

Georges Clemenceau: France (Makers of the Modern World)
David Robin Watson
31 May 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

Vittorio Emanuele Orlando: Italy (Makers of the Modern World)
Spencer M. Di Scala
24 May 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

Friedrich Ebert: Germany (Makers of the Modern World)
Harry Harmer
20 May 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay (Haus Series)

The Irony of American History
Reinhold Niebuhr, with new introduction by Andrew Bacevich
9 March 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Un-American Womanhood: Antiradicalism, Antifeminism, and the First Red Scare
Kim E. Nielsen
Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace: Conservative Women and the Crusade against Communism
Mary C. Brennan
12 January 2010 | H-Diplo Review Essay


2009 PUBLICATIONS

The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons
T.V. Paul
10 December 2009 | H-Diplo Review Forum

The End of the Maoist Era: Chinese Politics during the Twilight of the Cultural Revolution, 1972-1976
Frederick C. Teiwes and Warren Sun
13 October 2009 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Empires of Intelligence: Security Services and Colonial Disorder after 1914
Martin Thomas
17 September 2009 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary, A Biography
Gao Wenqian
30 July 2009 | H-Diplo Review Essay

The Hot Cold War: The USSR in Southern Africa
Vladimir Gennadyevich Shubin
12 June 2009 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Old World, New World: Great Britain and America from the Beginning
Review of Kathleen Burk
8 June 2009 | H-Diplo Review Essay

The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945
Vaughan Lowe, Adam Roberts, Jennifer Welsh, and Dominik Zaum, eds.
28 May 2009 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
Tony Judt
28 January 2009 | H-Diplo Review Essay


2008 PUBLICATIONS

Negotiating with the Enemy: U.S.-China Talks during the Cold War, 1949-1972
Yafeng Xia
28 October 2008 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Normandy: The Landings to the Liberation of Paris
Review of Olivier Wieviorka
10 October 2008 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Exploring Intelligence Archives: Enquiries into the Secret State
R. Gerald Hughes, Peter Jackson, and Len Scott, eds.
10 July 2008 | H-Diplo Review Essay

The Strategic Triangle: France, Germany, and the United States in the Shaping of the New Europe
Helga Haftendorn, Georges-Henri Soutou, Stephen F. Szabo, and Samuel F. Wells, Jr., eds.
22 May 2008 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Les tats-Unis et la guerre dAlgrie, prface de Georges-Henri Soutou, traduit de langlais par Philippe-tienne Raviart
Irwin M. Wall
10 January 2008 | H-Diplo Review Essay


2007 PUBLICATIONS

The First Total War: Napoleons Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It
David A. Bell
Author's Response by Charles S. Maier 13 December 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Savage Century: Back to Barbarism
Thrse Delpech
16 November 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Diplomatie la franaise, Prface dHubert Vdrine, Traduit de langlais par Nicolas Rousselier
Charles Cogan
15 November 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-1941
Ian Kershaw
4 November 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

A Question of Balance: How France and the United States Created Cold War Europe
Seth rmus
4 September 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945
Gerhard L. Weinberg
20 July 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England
David Dutton
25 July 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Whither Iraq?
Sally Marks
6 July 2007 | H-Diplo Essay

Britain, Germany and the Cold War: The Search for a European Detente, 1949-1967
Antoine Capet
16 June 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Victory through Coalition: Britain and France during the First World War
Robert A. Doughty
13 June 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

French Anti-Americanism (1930-1948): Critical Moments in a Complex History
Irwin Wall
11 June 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

L'Europe nouvelle de Hitler: Une illusion des intellectuals de la France de Vichy
Sean M. Kennedy
8 May 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962
Alistair Horne
26 April 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

On the Historian's Task
Wilhelm von Humboldt
11 April 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Franois de Callires and the Literary/Rhetorical Dimensions of Diplomacy
Karl Schweizer
4 April 2007 | H-Diplo Review Essay


2006 PUBLICATIONS

My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence Between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin
Susan Butler
Author's Response by Susan Butler
Comments by Warren F. Kimball
3 November 2006 | H-Diplo Review Essay

Richard Hofstadter's 1964 Harper's Magazine essay, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics"
Lloyd Gardner
29 April 2006 | H-Diplo Essay

Did the Cold War Really End?
Stephen Cohen
21 March 2006 | H-Diplo Essay


2005 PUBLICATIONS

The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War
Andrew Bacevich
22 April 2005 | H-Diplo Review Essay

George F. Kennan, 1904-2005
Anders Stephanson
21 April 2005 | H-Diplo Essay

Long Essay / Cold War Essay
Lloyd Gardner
H-Diplo Essay

Fourteen Notes on the Very Concept of the Cold War
Anders Stephanson
H-Diplo Essay


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