to my world
of international history!
I’m the Everett H. Emerson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Since formal retirement in 2008 after nearly four decades of university service, I have continued to work as a free-lance historian.
My main interests remain U.S. foreign relations and contemporary global history.
This website provides a window on my earlier and current activities including book publications, services to the profession, and public engagement.
I have been offering online commentary on U.S. foreign relations for several years. Much of it appears on the UNC Press Blog site in a series titled “Home and Abroad,” the product of an on-going collaboration. A full set is gathered together here on the “On Washington and the World” page: See Blog Posts
I am delighted to announce that Oxford University Press has become the publisher of The World Transformed: 1945 to the Present. The main text in its original 2004 version will be available the middle of November of this year (ISBN 9780199372348). The Documentary Reader will appear in a revised and updated edition in Spring 2014 to be followed by a new edition of the main text in Spring 2015. These two volumes, which have proven their appeal and effectiveness in the classroom, should stay fresh in Oxford’s good hands.
Steven Levine and I are pleased to announce the appearance of our co-authored Arc of Empire: America’s Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam (click for details on the UNC Press website). We have some ideas on this book’s classroom potential (click here or on the “teaching ‘Arc of Empire’” tab above), and we have discussed the book in an interview on the UNC Press site. The History Book Club, the Military Book Club, and BOMC2 have made Arc of Empire one of their selections. It is also a 2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title.