Harold J. Goldberg
Professor of History
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Harold J. Goldberg, the David E. Underdown Distinguished Professor of History, teaches Russian and Asian history. His specific courses focus on Russia and the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam War, World War II, and the History of Socialism. He obtained his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Russian Area Studies Certificate, M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Goldberg is the author of a multi-volume documentary study entitled Documents of Soviet-American Relations: the first volume, Intervention, Famine Relief, International Affairs covered 1917-1933; the second volume, Propaganda, Economic Affairs, Recognition also dealt with the period of 1917-1933; the third volume, Diplomatic Relations, Economic Relations, Propaganda, International Affairs, Neutrality covered 1933-1941; and the fourth volume dealt with Soviet-American relations during World War II. Professor Goldberg has contributed many articles to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History; Ground Warfare: An International Encyclopedia; Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social, and Military History; and Russian Encyclopedia. In the summer of 1983, he participated in a National Endowment Summer Seminar on China. He visited Japan and China in 1988, 2000, 2001, and 2007; the Soviet Union in 1979, 1989, 1993, and 1995, and Vietnam in 1992 and 2005. In 1995, he taught in Moscow at the Russian State Humanities University. For the past fifteen years he has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies and received the organization's Outstanding Service Award in 2009. He served as Chair of the Department of History from 1993-1998 and he is currently Chair of the Asian Studies Program. Professor Goldberg published D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan (Indiana University Press) in 2005, a selection of both the History and Military Book Clubs. He personally interviewed hundreds of marine and army veterans in order to present the battle from the perspective of those who fought it. More recently he has published Fighting Words: Competing Voices from World War II in Europe (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO), a book that has been published in paperback as Europe in Flames and is part of the Military History Series of Stackpole Press.