Daniel E. Miller -- Complete Curriculum Vitae
Department of History
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL 32514 USA
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University of Pittsburgh: Ph.D., History, August 1989
University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana): M.A., History, January 1978
University of Pittsburgh: B.A., East European Studies and Political Science, April 1976
Institution: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
Title: Professor, Department of History
Dates: 1990-1995, Assistant Professor; 1995-2004, Associate Professor; since 2004, Professor
Description: I am responsible for undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of East-Central Europe, Balkans, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Modern Europe.
K úloze a významu agrárního hnutí v českých a československých dějinách [The Significance and Meaning of the Agrarian Movement in Czech and Czechoslovak History]. Eds. Jiří Šouša (Charles University, Prague), Daniel E. Miller, and Mary Hrabik Samal (Oakland University, Rochester, MI). Prague: Karolinum–Nakladatelství Univerzity Karlovy, 2001.
Antonín Švehla–mistr politických kompromisů [Antonín Švehla–Master of Political Compromise]. Trans. Stanislav Pavlíček. Edice Ecce Homo. Prague: Argo, 2001.
This is a Czech translation of Forging Political Compromise. In the February 2002 issue of Dějiny a současnost [History and the Present], a group of fifty-one Czech historians reviewed twenty-three books translated into Czech and voted my book (tied with one other) as the best historical work by a foreign author in 2001.
Forging Political Compromise: Antonín Švehla and the Czechoslovak Republican Party, 1918-1933. Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999.
This is a political biography of Antonín Švehla, the Czechoslovak prime minister and leader of the Republican (Agrarian) party. Švehla reconciled competing interests among socialist, bourgeois, clerical, and minority parties to form coalitions that contributed to the political stability of the Czechoslovak First Republic (1918-1938). In the realm of agrarian politics, Švehla adroitly preserved the unity of a mass movement of cottagers, small agriculturalists, estate owners, and agricultural industrialists. The book analyzes one of the most successful agrarian movements in modern Europe. It aids scholars in comprehending political change and development in Europe between the world wars and furthers the understanding of political consensus and coalition building in new democracies. Reviews of the book appear in The Slavic Review; Český časopis historický [Czech Journal of History]; H-Net, Habsburg; Austrian History Yearbook; Journal of Modern History, Slavonic and East European Review, Nationalities Papers, and elsewhere. A digital edition is available at www.upress.pitt.edu with the specific URL of http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?c=pittpress;iel=2;view=toc;idno=31735057895207, and the work also is available in paperback.
“Antonín Paleček: novinář, ale i politik a historik” [Antonín Paleček: Journalist but also Politician and Historian]. In Osobnosti agrární politiky 19. a 20. století: Sborník příspěvků z mezinárodní konference konané ve dnech 24.-25. května 2006 [Personalities in Agrarian Politics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: A Collection of Contributions of the International Conference of 24-25 May 2006]. Studie Slováckého muzea Uherské Hradiště, 11/2006. Ed. Blanka Rašticová, 187-199. Uherské Hradiště: Slovácké muzeum, 2006 (digital edition: http://www.slovackemuzeum.cz/doc/311/).
“The Czech Republic.” Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Land, and Culture. Ed. Richard Frucht, 203-281. Global Reference Series. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004 (digital ed. available at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/54193934/Frucht-Richard-Eastern-Europe-an-Introduction-to-the-People-Lands-And-Culture-Vol-2).
“The American Lecture Tour of Vavro Šrobár and Václav Stanislav Maule in 1923.” Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 18 (Fall 2004): 1-19.
“Colonizing the Hungarian and German Border Areas during the Czechoslovak Land Reform, 1918-1938.” Austrian History Yearbook 24 (2003): 303-317.
“Masaryk, Švehla a Republikánská strana 1918-1933” [Masaryk, Švehla and the Republican Party, 1918-1933]. In T. G. Masaryk, idea demokracie a současné evropanství [Tomáš G. Masaryk: The Idea of Democracy and Contemporary Europeanism], ed. Emil Voráček, 461-473, 505-506. Prague: Nadace Jiřího z Poděbrad pro evropskou spolupráci, Masarykův ústav Akademie věd České republiky, and Ústav T. G. Masaryka, o.p.s., 2001.
“Kolonizace jako alternativa radikalní pozemkové reformy v prvních letech Československé republiky” [Colonization as an Alternative to Land Reform in the First Years of the Czechoslovak Republic]. In K úloze a významu agrárního hnutí v českých a československých dějinách [Role and Meaning of the Agrarian Movement in Czech and Czechoslovak History], eds. Jiří Šouša (Charles University, Prague), Daniel E. Miller, and Mary Hrabik-Samal (Oakland University, Rochester, MI), 279-288. Prague: Karolinum–Nakladatelství Univerzity Karlovy, 2001.
“The Social Backgrounds of the Leaders of the Republican Party between the Two World Wars” [Sociální pozadí vůdců Republikánské strany mezi dvěma světovými válkami]. In Politická a stavovská zemědělská hnutí ve 20. století: Sborník příspěvků z mezinárodní konference konané ve dnech 17.-18. 5. 2000 [Political and Professional Aspects of the Agricultural Movement in the Twentieth Century: A Collection of Contributions of the International Conference of 17-18 May 2000], ed. Blanka Rašticová, 135-148. Studie Slováckého muzea. Uherské Hradiště: Slovácké muzeum, 2001.
“Politická osobnost Antonína Švehly” [The Political Personality of Antonín Švehla]. In Osobnost v politické straně: Sborník referátů z konference “Úloha osobností v dějinách politických stran na území českých zemí a Československa v letech 1861-1999” Olomouc 19.-20. října 1999 [Personalities in Political Parties: Compilation of Papers from the Conference Titled “The Role of Personalities in the History of Political Parties in the Czech Lands and in Czechoslovakia, 1861-1999,” Olomouc, 19-20 October 1999], ed. Pavel Marek, 263-276. Olomouc: Katedra Politologie a evropských studií Filisofické fakulty Univerzity Palackého, 2000.
“Collectivization in the 1970s and 1980s in Zamagurie, Slovakia.” Agricultural History 73 (Summer 1999): 281-302. Recipient of the Vernon Carstensen Award from Agricultural History as the best article in 1999.
“The Political Economy of Agriculture in Czechoslovakia, 1899-1992.” In The Economic Future of Central Europe, ed. David F. Good, 177-198. London and New York: Routledge, Inc., 1994.
“The Organization of Farmers and Peasants in Interwar Czechoslovakia: The Uses of Experiences from the Past.” In Private Agriculture in Eastern Europe: Prospects for the 1990s and the Lessons of Prewar Cooperatives and Land Reforms, ed. John Lampe, 39-64. Washington, DC: The Wilson Center, East European Program, 1992.
“Antonín Švehla: Master of Compromise.” In The Czech and Slovak Experience, ed. John Morison, 124-135. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, and London: Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, 1992.
“Antonín Švehla: Master of Compromise.” East Central Europe/L'Europe du centre-est 17 (1990): 179-194.
Review of Hitler’s Charisma: Leading Millions into the Abyss by Laurence Rees. Central European Papers 1/1 (2013): 88-90. A digital edition of the printed journal is available at http://www.slu.cz/fvp/cz/web-cep-en/journal-archive/2013-vol-1-no-1/index_html.
Editing and translating of Alex Švamberk, "Czechoslovakia and the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission in the 1950s: Work and Experiences of the First Czechs and Slovaks Helping to Keep the Truce on the Korean Peninsula." The Korean Peninsula after the Armistice as Seen by Czechoslovak Delegates to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, 1953-1956, pp. 268-279. Photographs by František Mynařík et al. Trans. Korea Institute of Simultaneous Interpretation. Seoul: Seoul Museum of History, 2013.
“An Abstract and Additional Perspectives on Agrarianism.” Agrarismus und Agrareliten in Ostmitteleuropa, ed. Eduard Kubů, Torsten Lorenz, Uwe Müller, and Jiří Šouša, 647-667. Edice bod. Berlin: BWV Berliner Wissencshafts-Verlag GmbH; Prague: Dokořán s.r.o.; and Ostraga: Universität Ostrau, 2013.
This chapter consists of “An Abstract of Agrarismus und Agrareliten in Ostmitteleuropa (647-663) and “A Preliminary Model for the Development of Agrarianism” (663-667).
Review of The Encyclopedia of Migration and Minorities in Europe from the Seventeenth Century to the Present, by Klaus J Bade, Pieter C. Emmer, Leo Lucassen, and Jochen Oltmer, and Nationalism and Ethnicity Terminologies: An Encyclopedic Dictionary and Research Guide by Thomas Spira. Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 25 (Spring 2012): 149-155.
Review of The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics, by Jan Bažant, Nina Bažantová, and Frances Starn, ed. Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 25 (Fall 2011): 184-187.
“The Many Talents of Stanley Winters.” The Czech and Slovak History Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak Studies Association 34 (Fall 2011): 26-27.
“Remembering Stanley Winters, (1924-2011).” The Czech and Slovak History Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak Studies Association 34 (Spring 2011), 7-10.
Review of Prejavy a články, by Jozef Tiso. 2 vols. Slovakia 60 (2010): 108-112.
“Researching One’s Own File at the Archív bezpečnostních složek.” The Czech and Slovak History Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak Studies Association 33 (Fall 2010): 9-10.
Review of Without Remorse: Czech National Socialism in Late-Habsburg Austria by T. Mills Kelly. H-Net, Habsburg, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=276701210264288, April 2008.
“Scheduling Work in the Prague National Archive.” The Czech and Slovak History Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak Studies Association 30 (Fall 2007): 3-5.
“Useful Web Pages on the Slovak and Czech Parliaments.” The Czech and Slovak History Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak Studies Association 30 (Fall 2007): 5.
Review of Loyalitäten in der Tschechoslowakischen Republik 1918-1938: Politische, nationale und kulturelle Zugehörigkeiten, by Martin Schulze Wessel, ed. Slavic Review 66 (Spring 2007): 129-130.
“Dr. Miller and Crew Trekked East . . . or Was it West?” University of West Florida History Department Newsletter vol. 1 (Spring 2005), 7, 9-10. The newsletter also is available electronically at: http://uwf.edu/history/newsletters/Spring2005Newsletter.pdf.
Review of Encyklopedie Českých Budějovic [Encyclopedia of České Budějovice], ed. by Jiří Kopáček. Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 18 (Spring 2005): 115.
“Digital Camera in the Archives.” The Czech and Slovak History Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak History Conference 27 (Fall 2004): 9-12.
Review of Prague Territories: National Conflict and Cultural Innovation in Franz Kafka’s Fin de Siècle, by Scott Spector. Slavic Review 62 (Fall 2003): 586-587.
“Archives in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.” Czechoslovak History Conference Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak History Conference 23 (Fall 2000):3-6.
Entries on Jan Černý, Jan Malypetr, Vavro Šrobár, Antonín Švehla, František Udržal, Hrad, and Pětka. Encyclopedia of Modern East Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism, Richard Frucht, ed. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 2000.
“Celebration of Revolution Not As Important to Young Czechs.” UWF Voyager. 10 February 2000, 5.
Review of The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History, by Derek Sayer, translations by Alena Sayer. Nationalities Papers 27/2 (1999): 343-345.
Review of Banka ve znamení zeleného čtyřlístku: Agrární banka 1911-1938 (1948) [The Bank at the Sign of the Green Four-Leaf Clover: The Agrarian Bank, 1911-1938 (1948)], by Jiří Novotný and Jiří Šouša. Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 13 (Spring 1998): 234-237.
Review of A Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, by Dennis P. Hupchick and Harold E. Cox. Nationalities Papers 25 (December 1997): 765-766.
Review of “At the Price of the Republic”: Hlinka’s Slovak People’s Party, 1929-1938, by James Ramon Felak. Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 12 (Summer 1996): 160-162.
Review of Borsody, Stephen. The New Central Europe, by Stephen Borsody. Slavic Review 54 (Summer 1995): 527-528.
Review of Das Jahr 1919 in der Tschechoslowakei und in Ostmitteleuropa. Vorträge der Tagung des Collegium Carolinum in Bad Wiessee vom 24. bis 26. November 1918 by Hans Lemberg and Peter Heumos, ed. Austrian History Yearbook 26 (1995): 289-291.
Review of Antonín Švehla: Profil československého státníka [Antonín Švehla: Profile of a Czechoslovak Statesman], by Vladimír Dostál. East-Central Europe, 17 (1990): 215-216.
“Libraries and Archives for Czech and Slovak History in Prague and Vienna.” The Czechoslovak History Newsletter: Bulletin of the Czechoslovak History Conference 13 (Spring 1990): 10-12.
“James Franklin Clarke, 1906-1982.” Slavic Review 42 (December 1983): 743-744.
Review of Alice Garrigue Masaryk (1879-1966): Her Life As Recorded in Her Own Words and by Her Friends, by Ruth Crawford Mitchell. Slavic Review 40 (1981): 667-668.
“Czechoslovakia as a Consociational Democracy.” Paper for the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference in San Antonio, TX, 23 November 2014.
“The Creation of the Conditions for Consociational Democracy and Its Development in Interwar Czechoslovakia.” With Philip J. Howe (Adrian College in Adrian, MI), and Thomas A. Lorman (School of Slavonic Studies, University College London). Paper for the conference “Between Politics and Culture: New Perspectives on the History of the Bohemian Lands and the First Czechoslovak Republic (1880s–1930s),” organized by the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Department of German and Austrian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, in Prague, 30 May 2014.
“Václav Klaus and Czech Opinion about the European Union.” Paper for the ASEEES conference in Boston, MA, 22 November 2013.
“What Northwest Florida Knew about the Birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918.” Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Pensacola, FL, 12 October 2013.
“Elements of Consociational Democracy in Czechoslovakia between the Two World Wars.” Paper for the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES, formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies) conference in Los Angeles, CA, 21 November 2010.
“Czechoslovak Democracy in the 1920s from the Perspective of Lewis Einstein, America’s Envoy in Prague.” Luncheon keynote address at a conference titled “Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains” at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 9 April 2010.
“Antonín Paleček: The Intellectual Development of a Historian.” Invited paper at a conference titled “Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains” at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 8 April 2010.
“Aspects of Consociationalism in the Czechoslovak Land Reform between the World Wars.” Paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) conference in Philadelphia, PA, 22 November 2008.
“Antonín Paleček: novinář, ale i politik a historik” [Antonín Paleček: Journalist but also Politician and Historian]. Paper presented at a conference titled “Osobnosti agrární politiky 19. a 20. století” [Personalities in Agrarian Politics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century], Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic, Slovácké muzeum, 25 May 2006.
“For Nation or Profit? Democratizing Czechoslovak Agriculture, 1918-1938.” Paper presented at the AAASS conference in Pittsburgh, PA, 22 November 2002.
“Slovak and Czech Colonization of Hungarian Areas in Slovakia during the Land Reform in Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938.” Paper presented at the AAASS conference in Washington, DC, 16 November 2001.
“Colonizing the Hungarian and German Border Areas during the Czechoslovak Land Reform, 1918-1938.” Paper presented at a conference titled “Voice or Exit,” Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 14-16 June 2001.
“Sociální pozadí vůdců Republikánské strany mezi dvěma světovými válkami” [The Social Backgrounds of the Leaders of the Republican Party between the Two World Wars]. Paper presented at a conference titled “Political and Professional Aspects of the Agricultural Movement in the Twentieth Century,” Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic, Slovácké muzeum, 17 May 2000.
“Republikánská strana Československa 1918-1938” [The Republican Party of Czecho-slovakia, 1918-1938]. Lecture at J. E. Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, 24 March 2000.
“Masaryk, Švehla a Republikánská strana 1918-1933” [Masaryk, Švehla and the Republican Party, 1918-1933]. Paper presented at a conference titled “Tomáš G. Masaryk: The Idea of Democracy and Contemporary Europeanism,” Prague, Senate of the Czech Republic, 4 March 2000.
“Politická osobnost Antonína Švehly” [The Political Personality of Antonín Švehla]. Paper presented at a conference titled “Personalities in the History of Political Parties in the Czech Lands and Czechoslovakia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 20 October 1999.
“Kolonizace jako alternativa pozemkové reformy v prvních letech Československé republiky” [Colonization as an Alternative to Land Reform in the First Years of the Czechoslovak Republic]. Paper presented at a conference titled “Role and Meaning of the Agrarian Movement in Czech and Czechoslovak History,” Lázně Sedmihorky, Czech Republic, 25 June 1999.
“The American Lecture Tour of Vavro Šrobár and Václav Stanislav Maule in 1923.” Paper presented at the AAASS conference in Boca Raton, FL, 27 September 1998.
“Resistance to Collectivization in the 1950s in Zamagurie, Slovakia.” Paper presented at the AAASS conference in Seattle, WA, 21 November 1997.
“Collectivization in the 1970s and 1980s: The Case of Zamagurie, Slovakia.” Paper presented at the AAASS conference in Boston, MA, 17 November 1996.
“Sociální pozadí konzervativního a středního proudu ve vedení Republikánské strany v Československu mezi dvěma světovými válkami” [The Social Background of the Conservative and Moderate Republican Party Leaders in Czechoslovakia between the Two World Wars].” Paper presented at the Eighteenth World Congress of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic, 29 August 1996.
“Continuity and Change in Czech and Slovak Politics, 1918-1993.” Paper presented at a conference titled “Contemporary Challenges in Eastern Europe: Historical Lessons of the Independent Interwar Period,” Miami University, Oxford, OH, February 1993.
“The Political Economy of Agriculture in Czechoslovakia, 1899-1992.” Paper presented at a conference titled “The Economic Future of Central Europe: Lessons and Legacies from the Past” at the Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, April 1992.
“Antonín Švehla: The Master of Compromise.” Paper presented at a panel titled “Politicians and Parties of the Interwar Czechoslovak Republic” at the Fourth World Congress for Soviet and East European Studies, Harrogate, England, July 1990.
“Antonín Švehla: Party Man and Statesman.” Paper presented at a panel titled “Personalities and Parties in the First Czechoslovak Republic” at the AAASS convention in Chicago, November 1989.
“The Organization of Farmers and Peasants in Interwar Czechoslovakia: The Use of Experiences from the Past.” Paper presented at a conference titled “Eastern Europe’s Peasant Legacy and the Prospects for Private Agriculture” held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, East European Program, Washington, DC, 16 March 1989.
“The Origins of the Beneš Government of 1921-1922: A Case of Inter-Party Cooperation.” Paper presented at the Fourteenth World Congress of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), Washington, DC, 16 September 1988.
“Antonín Švehla and the Czechoslovak Republican Party, 1918-1933.” Paper presented at the Junior Scholars’ Training Seminar sponsored by the Wilson Center, East European Program, Washington, DC, 19 August 1988.
“The Czechoslovak Republican Party.” Paper presented at a panel titled “East European Agrarian Parties between the Two World Wars” at the Midwest Slavic Conference, Bloomington, IN, 26 March 1988.
“Land and Agrarian Reform in Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938: A Model for Success?” Paper presented at the Duquesne University History Forum, Pittsburgh, PA, 21 October 1982.
Chair, “Regime Change and Foreign Policy in the Czech and Slovak Republics,” a panl at the ASEEES conference in San Antonio, TX, 23 November 2014.
Chair, “Slovak National Identity: Who/Where are the Heroes?” panel at the ASEEES conference in Washington, DC, 18 November 2011.
Discussant, “Globalization and Regime Change: Lessons from the New Russia and the New Europe Revisited,” panel at the ASEEES conference in Washington, DC, 19 November 2011.
Organizer and participant, “The Development of Consociational (Consensual) Democracy in Central and East-Central Europe,” panel at the ASEEES conference in Los Angeles, CA, 21 November 2010.
Chair, “The Czech Republic and Its Partners: Instruments for Crafting Peace,” panel at the ASEEES conference in Los Angeles, CA, 20 November 2010.
Luncheon keynote speaker and invited participant at a conference titled “Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains,” University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 8-9 April 2010.
Presenter, “Reforming the Land, Remaking the Nation: New Approaches to the History of Land Reform in Pre-Communist Central and Eastern Europe,” roundtable discussion at the AAASS conference in Boston, MA, 13 November 2009.
Chair, “Security Issues in Eastern and Central Europe,” panel at the AAASS conference in Boston, MA, 14 November 2009.
Chair, “Security in Eastern and Central Europe: The U.S., Russia, and the Czech Republic,” panel at the AAASS conference in Philadelphia, PA, 22 November 2008.
Organizer and discussant, “The Czechoslovak Republican (Agrarian) Party’s Odyssey: Power, Banishment, and Exile, 1918-1951,” panel at the AAASS conference in New Orleans, LA, 16 November 2007.
Chair, “International Issues in Central Europe,” panel at the AAASS conference in New Orleans, LA, 16 November 2007.
Discussant, “Security Issues in Central Europe,” panel at the AAASS conference in Washington, DC, 16 November 2006.
Discussant, “Forgotten People and Forgotten Places of the Gulf South,” panel at the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, Pensacola, FL, 7 October 2006.
Assistant Program Chair, Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, “Religion on the Gulf Coast,” October 2005. I lent my past expertise as an organizer of the conference in 1997 to help produce the 2005 event. Members of the consortium are the University of West Florida, University of South Alabama, Southern Mississippi University, Southeast Louisiana University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas Christian University, and Pensacola Junior College.
Discussant, “From Low Road to High Culture: The Highwayman Who Stole the Slovak Scene,” panel at the AAASS conference in Boston, MA, 5 December 2004.
Organizer and participant, “Minorities in Hungary and Czechoslovakia between the World Wars,” panel at the AAASS conference in Washington, DC, 16 November 2001.
Conference co-organizer and participant, “The Role and Meaning of the Agrarian Movement in Czech and Czechoslovak History,” Lazně Sedmihorky, Czech Republic, 24-27 June 1999. The conference included about 60 participants from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United States.
Discussant, “The Birth of Czechoslovakia: October 1918, ” conference cosponsored by the Library of Congress and the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC, 8 October 1998.
Organizer and participant, “Resistance to Collectivization and Decollectivization in Spiš, Slovakia, ” panel at the AAASS conference in Seattle, WA, 21 November 1997.
Conference organizer, Gulf Coast History and Humanities Conference, “History and Historical Archaeology of the Gulf Coast,” 9-11 October 1997. Approximately 150 academics, students, instructors, and professionals from throughout the United States and several other countries participated in this conference.
Organizer and chair, “One Hundred Years of Agrarian Movements in the Baltic States, East-Central Europe, and the Balkans,” roundtable discussion at the AAASS conference in Boston, MA, 17 November 1996.
Habsburg Austria’s Democratic Legacy and the Czechoslovak First Republic
This monograph examines the colonization program that created new settlements on the lands of the former great estates, part a broader land reform, that included efforts to dilute the German and Hungarian populations in the border areas. In 1999-2000, I conducted research on this project in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) that included funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and with a sabbatical from the University of West Florida. I continued researching the topic in Prague from 2002 to 2008 with four summer grants from UWF. In 2012, I concluded the examination of the pertinent archival materials. I expect to complete the manuscript in 2016.
“Resistance to Collectivization in the 1950s in Zamagurie, Slovakia”
This article examines the fate of an alleged wealthy peasant and compares methods used to discredit kulaks in the 1950s in Czechoslovakia with similar efforts in the 1930s in the Soviet Union. The estimated date of completion is 2017.
The Collected Scholarly Works of Antonín Paleček
Antonín Paleček (1900-1982) was a Czech historian and broadcast journalist who emigrated to the United States in 1948 and published six scholarly articles and chapters on the Czechoslovak First Republic. I intend to publish these works along with an unpublished article that I will edit and annotate. The volume will include an intellectual biography of Paleček based on his correspondence, which I own, and materials I have acquired in several archives in the United States and the Czech Republic. The project has no estimated date of completion.
Agricultural History, Vernon Carstensen Award in 2000 for the best article in 1999 for “Collectivization in the 1970s and 1980s in Zamagurie, Slovakia”
American Council of Learned Societies, The Joint Committee on Eastern Europe
Advanced Graduate Fellowship, 1985-1986
Dissertation Fellowship, 1987-1988
Dějiny a současnost [History and the Present]–Best historical work by a foreign author (tied with one other) for Antonín Švehla–mistr politických kompromisů, 2002
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace–Visiting Scholar, 1989-1990
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1986-1987
Independent research grant to examine the Czechoslovak land reform between the world wars using sources in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 1999-2000
Language Training Fellowship, Summer Language Seminar at Kliment Okhrid University in Sofia, Bulgaria, 1976
Open Society Archives (Budapest, Hungary)–Archival research grant to study agricultural collectivization in Slovakia, 1997
University of Nebraska, Center for Great Plains Studies, and the Nebraska Humanities Council, honorarium for keynote address, 2010
University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
Faculty Activity Award, 2002
Outstanding Teaching and Advising Award, 1993-1994, 1998-1999, and 2003-2004
Program for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Technology, 2002
Research grants, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2014
Sabbatical, 1999-2000 academic year, spring 2007
Teaching Incentive Program Awards, 1993-1994, 1996-1997, and 2003-2004
Travel Grants (competitive beginning in 2008), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
University of Wyoming at Laramie, American Heritage Center, research travel grant, 2010
Woodrow Wilson Center, East European Program (Washington, DC)–Short Term Research Grant, Summer 1998
University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
Academic Standards Committee member, 1991-1994
Area Studies Task Force member, 1992-1993
College of Arts and Sciences Personnel Committee member, 2002-2005
Department of Government, Program Review Committee member, 2013
Interdisciplinary Humanities M.A. Committee member, 1995-1999
Library Committee secretary, 1993-1994, and chairman, 1994-1995
Outstanding Teaching and Advising Award Committee member, 1995
Teaching Incentive Program Committee member, 1994-1995
University of West Florida, Department of History (Pensacola, FL)
Acting Department Chairman on numerous occasions since 1991
European Studies Track–advisor, 1994-2011
Department of History Newsletter–-editor, 2004-2005
Graduate Committee–-member, 1995-1999 and since 2005
Search Committees–-chair of search committee for an assistant professor in modern European military
history, 2010, and chair of search committee for an assistant professor in American history and history education, 1993-1994
Tenure and Promotion Committee–-mentor for a new faculty member in the department, 2008-present
UWF History Club–-faculty advisor, 1992-1999
Professional Service (also see Current Professional Memberships)
Gulf Coast History and Humanities Conference–-UWF board member, 1991-1998; UWF project leader,
1995-1998; and assistant program chairman, 2004-2005
I organized the 1998 GCHHC and was the second co-organizer of the 2005 conference with June D. Watkins, who at the time was a member of the UWF Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal–-associate editor, 1995-2000; board member since
Nationality Papers–-board member, since 1999; and assistant editor, 2000-2009
I recruited and edited an article by James Mace Ward, “‘People Who Deserve It’: Jozef Tiso and
the Presidential Exemption,” 30 (December 2002): 571-601, which received special mention in the Stanley Z. Pech Prize competition of the Czechoslovak History Conference for the best article published in 2001-2002 on Czech or Slovak history.
Blackwater Heritage State Trail of Milton, FL–-board member, 1994-1997; and member, 1994-1999
Mobile-Košice Association, Mobile, AL–-member since 1999; and vice president, 2000-2002
Reviewer for “The Age of Western Imperialism” in Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, Frank M. Turner, Western
Heritage, 10th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, and London: Prentice Hall, 2010.
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, formerly American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies–2007 and 2012 Convention Program Committee member for proposals in East European history; member 1975-1979 and since 1981
American Historical Association–member since 1983
Association for the Study of Nationalities–member since 2007
Czechoslovak Studies Association (formerly Czechoslovak History Conference)–officer-at-large, 1998-2004; Name Change Committee member, 2004-2005; member since 1985
Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences [Společnost pro vědy a umění, SVU]–member since 1989
Phi Alpha Theta History Fraternity–member since 1976
Slovak Studies Association–chair of nominating committee, 2003; chair of article award committee, 2011; member since 1998
Lower Level Undergraduate
American History since the Civil War
Western Perspectives (Western Civilization) II (classroom and electronically)
World History I and II
Upper Level Undergraduate
Czechs and Slovaks in the Modern Era
East-Central Europe and the Balkans (two semester sequence)
From Communism to Capitalism: East-Central Europe and the Balkans since 1945
Habsburg Monarchy, 1526-1918
Russia to 1917
Germany since 1866 (classroom and electronically)
Interwar Europe, 1918-1939
Methods and Materials
Overseas and Field Study in History (see below)
Modern Agrarian and Social History
Second World War
Soviet Union, 1917-1991
East-Central Europe and the Balkans, 1918-present (readings)
Habsburg Monarchy (readings)
History of Architecture
Ideologies and Political Movements in Europe since 1789 (research)
Interwar Europe, 1918-1939 (research)
Overseas and Field Study in History (see below)
Peasants and Farmers in European History since 1789 (readings; classroom and distance through
Upper Level Undergraduate and Graduate
Overseas Field Studies–I led non-credit tours to Central and Eastern Europe in 1990 and 1993 as well as undergraduate and graduate tours in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013, and 2014 (in the planning stages). These tours visited Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Slovakia.
Date: 7 April 2011-present
Description: CentralEuropeanObserver.com is designed to assist university undergraduate and graduate students with improving their assignments, navigating the historical profession, and learning more about Central Europe with information, advice, and blogs. The section for news, analysis, and commentary about Europe, especially Central Europe, along with occasional items about higher education and the historical profession are of interest to students, scholars, and the general public.
Guest Instructor, Pace High School, Pace, FL, “Introduction to Information Technology”
Date: 13 January and 3 February 2010
Description: I gave a presentation titled “Choosing a College and Succeeding in the College Classroom” to four freshman classes.
Instructor, “Russia/Eurasia Orientation Course” for the US Air Force, Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Date: 10 April 2007
Description: I presented two lectures, “Cultural Issues in the Balkans” and “Current Events in the Balkans” during a training course for current USAF personnel.
Guest Lecturer, UWF World Affairs Organization and Model UN Debate Team
Date: 18 October 2006
Description: I presented a lecture surveying Hungarian history for students in the World Affairs Organization and those representing Hungary for UWF in the Model UN.
Guest Instructor, Kids’ College, Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, FL
Dates: July 2003
Description: I instructed two classes of middle-school children in the impact of Eastern and Central European folk music on political culture, history, and classical music.
Guest Lecturer, Naval War College, Pensacola NAS, FL, and Great Lakes NAS, IL
Dates: 1991 (Pensacola); 2001 (Pensacola and Great Lakes); 2003 and 2004 (Pensacola)
Description: I gave specific lectures to Naval officers enrolled in a course on military strategy. Topics included the impact of Otto von Bismarck on Europe and diplomacy on the eve of the Second World War.
Instructor, Lifelong Learning Program at Azalea Trace Health Care Center and Retirement Community (Pensacola,
FL) and University of West Florida
Dates: October-November in 1991, 1992, and 1995 (at Azalea Trace), and 2003.
Description: I taught the following non-credit courses: “Russia from Revolution to Reform,” “The Historical Antecedents to Destruction: Lectures on the History of Yugoslavia,” “Background to the Current Changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union,” and “Tomáš G. Masaryk and Czechoslovakia.”
Instructor, In-Service, School District of Escambia County, FL
Dates: February-April 1994
Description: I instructed “Exploring Myths and Misconceptions about East-Central Europe and the Balkans” for teachers at all levels.
Instructor, Elderhostel Program, University of West Florida
Dates: October 1992, January-February 1993, April 1993, and October 1993
Description: I taught “Problems in Eastern Europe and Russia” as a non-credit course.
Firm: Pragoconsult (Pensacola, FL) – owner
Description: Pragoconsult assists professionals and individuals who wish to increase their intercultural competency with respect to Central Europe. It provides research, cultural awareness consulting, and educational tours, and it assists with travel services.
Firm: Walker Clark, LLC (Ft. Myers, FL)
Description: I provide background information on historic, political, and cultural issues for an international law firm consultant that specializes in financial performance and establishes legal networks, mainly in Europe and Latin America. More information is available at http://WalkerClark.com.
Employer and Title: Engineered Architectural Systems (Pittsburgh, PA), Owner
Dates: February 1981-July 1985
Description: I sold and distributed reinforcing, waterproofing, and restoration materials used in concrete and masonry construction for industrial and commercial applications.
Employer and Title: Joseph J. Graciano Corp. (Pittsburgh, PA), Technical Advisor
Dates: June 1978-February 1981
Description: As technical advisor, I assisted the vice-president of sales for a masonry restoration construction firm. My responsibilities included sales and estimating, market development, advertising, project management and supervision of unionized workers, engineering and architectural consulting, and specification writing.
Employer and Title: Shemco Corp. (Pittsburgh, PA), Salesperson and Manager
Dates: February 1978-June 1978
Description: I sold services and managed production for a commercial printer.
Czech (near fluent), Slovak (excellent), German (excellent), Russian (fair reading knowledge), Hungarian (beginning)
Book collecting (I have approximately 9,000 volumes spanning more than 750 linear feet, most of which deal with Czech and Slovak history, East-Central Europe, and the Habsburg Monarchy), Music (classical, jazz, old standards, popular, and European folk music as well as arranging works from the American songbook for piano), Cooking, Photography (35 mm, medium format, and digital), Art, Architecture, Home Restoration and Remodeling, Personal Fitness (hiking in nature as well as jogging and walking in urban spaces), and Travel (European travel included UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia)