Department of History > Charles M. Dobbs

Charles M. Dobbs



639 Ross Hall
Dept. of History
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1202
Phone: (515) 294-1373

Management Development Program, Harvard University, 1993
Ph.D. 1978 Indiana University, US and East Asian History
Dissertation: “American Foreign Policy, the Cold War and Korea: 1942-1950” Chair: Robert H. Ferrell

A.M. 1974 Indiana University (History)
B.A. 1972 University of Connecticut (History)

Research and Teaching Interests
American Diplomatic History
American Military History
Modern East Asian History

Selected Publications


The United States, the British Commonwealth and the Rise of China and Japan, 1963-1976, research completed

Into the Fulcrum: The United States and Northeast Asia, 1965-1976, in process, research completed; three chapters written.

Protege to Partner: Japanese–American Relations, 1959-1975, (forthcoming, Winter 2011).

Trade and Security:  The United States and East Asia, 1961-1969, (2011).

Triangles, Symbols and Constraints:  the United States, the Soviet Union, and the People’s Republic of China, 1963-1969, (2010).

The United States and East Asia, 1945-1985. (1990).

The Unwanted Symbol. American Foreign Policy, the Cold War and Korea: 1942-1950. (1981).  



“Hollywood Movies and the American Community,” in Hamilton Cravens, Editor, Great Depression, Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO Press, forthcoming, 2007

“Johnson, Rusk, and the China Question,” in John Garry Clifford and Theodore A. Wilson, Editors, Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals, Columbia, University of Missouri Press, 2007.

“Strategic Focus and Accountability: The Eaton-Jischke Years,” in Dorothy Schwieder, Editor, Tradition and Transformation: A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa State University. Iowa State University Press:  Ames, IA, 2007.

“A Proposal for Revising th eHistory Senior Seminar Course,” in Teaching History, Volume 30, No. 1, Spring 2005.

“Revising the History Senior Seminar Course,” Teaching History:  A Journal of Methods, Spring 2005.

“Henry A. Kissinger” in Edward Mihalkanin, Editor, American Secretaries of State. (Greenwood Press: Westport, CT, Spring 2004).

“Economic Cooperation Act of 1948” in Brian Landsberg, Editor, Major Acts of Congress, (McMillan Press, forthcoming, 2004).

“Canadian-American Relations and Truman’s Decision to Cross the 38th Parallel in Korea: An Analysis.” The Journal of Northeast Asian Studies.

“Raising the Stakes: American Expansion of the Vietnam Conflict,” Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Symposium on-Asian Studies (Asian Research, Hong Kong, 1988).

“Hollywood Movies from the Golden Age: A Classroom Resource,” Teaching History: A Journal of Methods, March 1987.

“Limiting Room to Move: The Korean Assistance Act of 1949,” The Historian, Summer 1986.

“A Successful Post-Revisionist Synthesis?” Reviews in American History, June 1986.

“The Pact That Never Was: The Pacific Pact of 1949,” The Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, Winter 1985.

“Korea and Berlin, 1948: A Hypothesis,” The International History Review, August 1985.

“Towards a Reconsideration of the Tet Offensive,” Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Symposium on Asian Studies (Asian Research, Hong Kong, 1984).

“American Marines in North China, 1945-1946,” The South Atlantic Quarterly, Summer 1977.


Encylopedia Entries

James Ciment, General Editor, Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age: 1918-1929, (M.E. Sharpe, forthcoming, 2006), 12 entries contributed.

William McNeil, Senior Editor, Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History. (Berkshire Publishing Group, 2006), 4 entries contributed.

Yu-Wu Song, Editor, A Historical Dictionary of Sino-American Relations. (McFarland & Company, Inc., forthcoming, 2006), 24 entries.

Gregory Fremont-Barnes, Editor, Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. (ABC-CLIO Press, forthcoming, 2006), 8 entries

Spencer C. Tucker, Editor, Encyclopedia of World War II, 1939-1945. (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO Press, 2005). 5 entries contributed.

Spencer C. Tucker, Editor, Encyclopedia of World War I, 1914-1918. (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO Press, 2005). 8 entries contributed.

Kaufman, Will and Heidi McPherson, Editors, An Encyclopedia of British-American Relations. (New York and London: ABC Clio Press, 2003). 31 entries contributed.

Kutler, Stanley, Editor. Dictionary of American History. (New York, 2003). 13 entries contributed.

Kim, June, Editor. Modern Asia. (Berkshire Publishing Group, Inc., Great Barrington, MA, 2002). 11 entries contributed.

Sandler, Stanley, Editor. Land Warfare: An Encyclopedia [3 Volumes]. (New York: ABC-Clio Press, 2002). 125 entries contributed.

Olson, James S, Editor. Dictionary of the Vietnam War. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1988). 19 entries contributed.

Courses Taught
American History to 1865
American History since 1865
American Diplomatic History
American Military History
American Economic History
World Military History
East Asian Civilizations
China to 1800
Modern China
Japan since 1600
US: 1920-1945
US History Since 1945
The Cold War
The Vietnam War

Professional Activity
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Association for Canadian Studies in the United States