Walter Lafeber

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Walter LaFeber

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Walter LaFeber (born 1933 in Walkerton, Indiana) was a Marie Underhill Noll Professor and a Steven Weisse Presidential Teaching Fellow of History at Cornell University. He is one of the nation’s most distinguished historians of United States Foreign Relations.

The son of a grocer, he received his BA from Hanover College in 1955, his MA from Stanford University in 1956 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1959, after which Cornell hired him.

LaFeber is past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also served on numerous scholarly editorial boards and the Advisory Committee to the Historical Division of the Department of State.

His The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1860-1898 (1963, 1998) received the Albert J. Beveridge Prize of the American Historical Association; Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America (1984, 1992) received the Gustavus Meyers Prize, and The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History (1997) received both the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Ellis Hawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians.

LaFeber examined the effect of modern sports and communication empires in his book, Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism (1999, 2002), which analyzes the rise in popularity of basketball, Michael Jordan, Nike and cable satellite networks and their relation to globalization.

LaFeber's America, Russia, and the Cold War has been one of the most highly regarded histories of that huge conflict since it was first published in 1966; it is now in its 10th revised edition. LaFeber is known for providing Williams-like but more subtle and widely read

External Links

  • Walter LaFeber's last lecture

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