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Eric Brose

Eric Dorn Brose, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of History
Phone: (215) 895-6789


  • BA, 1970
  • MA, 1972
  • PhD, 1978

Curriculum Vitae:


Research Interests:

  • German & European history


My teaching and research are closely intertwined, delving into political, social, economic, cultural, gender, and military aspects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. Because much of what I write and lecture about involves social upheaval, political revolution, and military Armageddon, students and readers will quickly learn that complacency about our own present and future is not an option. My most recent book (listed below), Death at Sea, a “novelistic history,” reinforces this lesson by examining the depths of tragedy during the opening naval engagements of World War One. It is available in trade paperback or kindle editions through Amazon.

Selected Publications:

  • Death at Sea: Graf Spee and the Flight of the German East Asiatic Naval Squadron in 1914.  Amazon/Create Space, 2010.
  • A History of the Great War: World War One and the International Crisis of the Early Twentieth Century.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Technology and Science in the Industrializing Nations 1500-1914.  Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 2005.
  • A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • The Kaiser’s Army: The Politics of Military Technology in Germany during the Machine Age, 1870-1918.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • German History 1789-1871: From the Holy Roman Empire to the Bismarckian Reich.  New York: Berghahn Books, 1996.
  • The Politics of Technological Change in Prussia: Out of the Shadow of Antiquity, 1809-1848.  Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1993.
  • Christian Labor and the Politics of Frustration in Imperial Germany.  Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1985.