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John Stambaugh Professor of History

Office: 431 McGraw Hall
Phone: (607) 255-6747
Fax: (607) 255-0469

Office Hours: See department listing, 450 McGraw Hall

Teaching/Research Interest: Germany 1700-1945 (esp. sociopolitical, military, legal, administrative, and political theory), international laws of war, First World War, fascism, genocide.


For more information and links to current courses, go to: History's Courses Page


Ph.D. Yale University, History, December 1978
M.Phil.Yale University, History, June 1973
B.A. University of Michigan, History, May 1970

Select Publications and Awards

Max-Weber-Stiftung/Historisches Kolleg Research Prize
Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences
John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Research Fellow


A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law in the First World War (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014).

Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004). Winner of: German Studies Association DAAD 2005 Book Prize for the "Outstanding Book in History and Political Science" Phi Beta Kappa Society Ralph Waldo Emerson Award (2006) for "outstanding scholarly studies that contribute to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. "H/Soz/u/Kult (Humanities, Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte Forum) Prize for the best history book in modern history for 2006.

Sexuality, State and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996.) Winner of: Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association (1997) for the "most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of 17th- and 18th-Century European History" Berkshire Prize of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (1997) for the best history book that year written by a woman.

The Entourage of Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1888-1918 (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

Selected Articles

"Zwischen Konservatismus und Revolution: Carl Schmitts völkerrechtliche Schriften," Zeitschrift für Germanistik, Vol. 26 (2012): Perspektiven konservativen Denkens Deutschland und die Vereinigten Staaten nach 1945. Eds. Peter Uwe Hohendahl, Erhard Schütz, 1-14.

"German Military culture and the Colonial War in Southwest Africa, 1904-07," in Wayne Lee (ed.), Warfare and Culture in World History (New York: New York University Press, 2011), 142-64.

"'Military Necessity' and the Laws of War in Imperial Germany," in Kalyvas, Stathis; Shapiro, Ian; Masoud, Tarek, eds. Order, Conflict, Violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 352-77.

"Adolph Freiherr von Knigge's Über den Umgang mit Menschen: A Snapshot of Civil Society," in The New History of German Literature, ed. David E. Wellbery, (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004).

“Johann Heinrich Gottlob von (1717-1771)” and “Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel (1741-1796)”, in Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, ed. Alan Charles Kors (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

“Military Culture and the Production of ‘Final Solutions’ in the Colonies: The Example of Wilhelminian Germany.” In Genocide in Historical Perspective, ed. Robert Gellately and Ben Kiernan (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 141-62.

“Military Culture, Wilhelm II, and the End of the Monarchy in World War I,” in The Kaiser, ed. Annika Mombauer and Wilhelm Deist (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 235-58.