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David Milne is a historian of the United States. His first monograph America's Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War was published in 2008 by Hill and Wang and reviewed to acclaim in over thirty outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The National Interest, Diplomatic History and the American Historical Review. In 2011 the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times journalist Stephen Glain named America’s Rasputin one of his five “must-read” books on American militarism for thebrowser.com.
David’s second book was an intellectual history of U.S. foreign policy from the Spanish-American War to the present. Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy was published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and was reviewed to acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Review of Books, Dallas Morning News, Foreign Affairs, and many other outlets. In 2016, the Society for U.S. Intellectual History selected Worldmaking as an "honorable mention" for its annual book prize.
Dr. Milne is also a senior editor of the two volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (NY: OUP, 2013) and co-editor, with Christopher McKnight Nichols, of Ideology in US Foreign Relations: New Histories (NY: Columbia UP, 2022). He was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University in 2003, a senior fellow at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History in New York City in 2005, and a visiting fellow at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia in 2009. David has also secured funding from the John F. Kennedy Library, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, and was awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship in 2011. From 2021-22 he held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
David is currently writing a biography of the trailblazing Chicago Tribune journalist, Sigrid Schultz. An ally to Gustav Stresemann, interviewer of Goering and Hitler, and prescient analyst of Nazism, Schultz overcame significant obstacles – as a woman in a male dominated milieu; as a foreign journalist working a totalitarian state; and as an interventionist at an isolationist newspaper – throughout a remarkable career. ' The British journalist Quentin Reynolds believed Schultz's incisive reporting for the Chicago Tribune made her 'Hitler’s greatest enemy.' The book is under contract with Oxford University Press.
In addition to the above, David’s research has appeared in The Journal of Military History, Review of International Studies, International Affairs, Diplomatic History, the International Journal, and the Historical Journal. David has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The New Statesman. More information on David's work can be found at davidmilne.info
Key Research Interests
Biography; US history; intellectual history.
Areas of Expertise
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 1 Jan 2005
External Examiner for the MPhil in American History, University of Cambridge
1 Oct 2015 → 1 Oct 2018
17/09/09 → 16/10/09
Milne, D. & Nichols, C. M., 22 Jan 2020, Foreign Policy.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › ArticleOpen Access
Milne, D., Sep 2018, In: Passport. 49, 2
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Milne, D., 7 Nov 2017, Progressivism and US Foreign Policy between the World Wars. Cochran, M. & Navari, C. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review