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Howard Le Roy Malchow
Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History
Modern Britain, Europe, Anglo-American Relations

Biography

Born in Indiana and raised in Texas, I came to Tufts University (in 1974) from Stanford University, where I studied modern British social and imperial history under the distinguished historian of modern British culture, Peter Stansky. My dissertation treated the politics of 19th century British empire-emigration (published as Population Pressures: Emigration and Government in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain) and subsequent research interests included the social background of 19th century reform movements (Agitators and Promoters in the Age of Gladstone and Disraeli), the cultural milieu of Victorian entrepreneurs (Gentlemen Capitalists: The Social and Political World of the Victorian Businessman), and the construction of "race" in Britain in the 19th century (Gothic Images of Race in Nineteenth Century Britain).

With the new millennium, my teaching and research interests (the one somehow informing the other as often happens) drifted away from the Victorians toward post-war, indeed contemporary Britain. In the past few years I have given courses on youth culture in the 1970s, Thatcherism, Britain in the Second World War, the "new ethnicities" of post-imperial Britain, and the Anglo-American "Special Relationship" considered as a matter of cultural rather than political relations. This latter area has provided much of the focus for my research and writing over the past decade or so, and my last book, Special Relations: The Americanization of Britain?, was an exploration of how the anti-war movement, student rebellions, and black, feminist and gay liberationisms resonated and circulated transatlanticly.

I continue to teach a range of survey and upper level courses on modern Britain and its Empire (from the 18th century), the Anglo-American special relationship (since the American Revolution), and aspects of European and American diplomatic history (including research seminars on the Congress of Vienna, the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Appeasement and Munich, and the Suez Crisis of 1956). A few years ago I developed a wide-ranging general survey course on "the historical perspective in International Relations," and will publish in 2015 a study, based on this course, of interdisciplinarity in IR theory and practice (History and International Relations).

Education

  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 1972
  • M.A. Stanford University, 1968
  • B.A. Southern Methodist University, 1967

Major Publications

  • History and International Relations: From the Ancient World to the 21st Century (forthcoming, 2015)
  • Special Relations: The Americanization of Britain? (2011)
  • Gothic Images of Race in Nineteenth-Century Britain (1996)
  • Gentlemen Capitalists: The Social and Political World of the Victorian Businessman (1991)
  • Agitators and Promoters in the Age of Gladstone and Disraeli (1983)
  • Population Pressures: Emigration and Government in Late 19th Century Britain (1979)

Research in Progress

My next research and writing project will take me back to the nineteenth and early twentieth century, to the American and British cultural relationship from the era of the American Revolution to Pearl Harbor, and will be much informed and shaped, I expect, by my experience teaching Tufts students in my new course, British Empire and American Nation.

Courses

  • History 01: International Relations: The Historical Perspective
  • History 65: Great Britain and the British Empire
  • History 162: British Empire and American Nation from the Revolution to the Second World War
  • History 163: Special Relations: Britain and America Since WWII