Robert M. Spaulding, Professor

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R. Spaulding

Professor Spaulding studied at the University of Rochester, the Universität zu Köln, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D.  He is now Professor of History with interests in European and international political economy and foreign relations.  He received the UNCW Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2005.

Professor Spaulding is the author of Osthandel and Ostpolitik. German Foreign Trade Policies in Eastern Europe from Bismarck to Adenauer (Berghahn, 1997) which examined the relative weights of economic and political motivations in Germany's trade policies toward Eastern Europe over the course of several regime changes from 1890 to 1960. The book was a finalist for the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize. His articles and essays have appeared in Agricultural History, Central European History, Diplomatic History, International Organization and in numerous edited volumes.  He has received research grants and fellowships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the Ford Foundation, the International Research and Exchange Commission (IREX), the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the Council for European Studies, and the American Philosophical Society.

His most recent publication is "Revolutionary France and the Transformation of the Rhine," Central European History, 44, 2 (June 2011), 203-226.  His essay “Trade, Aid, and Economic Warfare,” is forthcoming in Richard Immerman and Petra Goedde (eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Cold War, (Oxford UP).

Before coming to UNCW in 1992, Professor Spaulding was a Teaching Fellow in History at Harvard and a Lecturer in History at Boston College.  He held post-doctoral fellowships at the Center for International Studies and at the Center for European Studies at Harvard.                                                      
Spaulding is currently working on a book manuscript, Trade, Politics, and Economic Growth in the Old Reich: Rhine Commerce from 1648 to 1789. Other research projects include the economic and political integration of Germany in the early nineteenth century and the use of agricultural trade and aid in U.S. foreign policy.


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