Dr. Justus Doenecke

Emeritus Professor of History


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Palmer E 112


SSC 102


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Doenecke served on the faculty of Colgate University (1963-64), Ohio Wesleyan University (1965-69), and New College of Florida (1969-2005), retiring from New College as full professor. Concentrating on American history, he taught specialized courses on World Wars I and II and on the Cold War. His 1990 book on the America First Committee won the Arthur S. Link Prize for Documentary Editing by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His 2000 book on American anti-interventionism at the outset of World War II was awarded the Herbert Hoover Book Award, bestowed by the Hoover Presidential Library Association for the best book of the year on any US history topic covering the years spanning Hoover’s professional career, that is 1914-1964.


  • Ph.D. Princeton University 1966
  • M.A. Princeton University 1962
  • B.A. Colgate University (Phi Beta Kappa) 1960

Selected Publications

  • Not to the Swift: The Old Isolationists in the Cold War Era (Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1979).
    The Diplomacy of Frustration: The Manchurian Crisis of 1931-1933 as Revealed in the Papers of Stanley K. Hornbeck (Hoover Archival Documentaries; Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, 1981).
  • The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur (American Presidency Series; Lawrence, Kansas: Regents Press of Kansas, 1981).
  • When the Wicked Rise: American Opinion-Makers and the Manchurian Crisis of 1931-1933 (Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1984).
  • Anti-Intervention: A Bibliographical Introduction to Isolationism and Pacifism from World War I to the Early Cold War (New York: Garland, 1987).
  • In Danger Undaunted: The Anti-Interventionist Movement of 1940-1941 as Revealed in the Papers of the America First Committee (Hoover Archival Documentaries; Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, 1990).
  • From Isolation to War, 1931-1941 (American History Series; 4th ed., 2015, 3rd ed., 2003; Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, 2002; 2nd ed., 1991; all with John E. Wilz as co-author).
  • The Battle Against Intervention, 1939-1941 (Anvil Series; Malabar, Fla.: Krieger, 1997).
  • Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941 (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).
  • The New Deal (Anvil series; Malabar, Fla.: Krieger, 2003)
  • Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Foreign Policies (Lanham, Md. Rowman and Littlefield, 2005; with Mark A. Stoler as co-author)
  • Nothing Less Than War: A New History of American Entry into World War I, 1914-1917 (Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 2011); alternate selection of History and Military book clubs
  • More Precious Than Peace: A New History of America in World War I (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2022) 
  • Articles for professional journals and reference books