Richard C. Thornton
Professor of History and International Affairs
801 22nd Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Phone: (202) 994-6230
Fax: (202) 994-6231
Ph.D., University of Washington
History of US-Russian and Sino-Russian relations; U.S. Foreign Policy
Professor Thornton received his B.A. from Colgate (1961) in Russian and Far
Eastern Affairs and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington,
with emphasis on the modern histories of the United States, Russia, China,
and Japan. He has taught at GW since 1967. Currently Thornton offers undergraduate
and graduate courses on: American foreign policy since World War II, Twentieth-Century
China, and Sino-Soviet relations.
His major works include: The Reagan Revolution, I: The Politics of U.S.
Foreign Policy (2003); Odd Man Out: Truman, Stalin, Mao and the Origins
of the Korean War (2000); The Falklands Sting: Reagan, Thatcher, and
Argentina's Bomb (1998); The Carter Years: Toward A New World Order (1991); The
Nixon-Kissinger Years: Restructuring American Foreign Policy (2001);
and China: A Political History (1982).
HIST 3332 American Foreign Policy Since WW II
HIST 3333 History of American Foreign Policy
HIST 3614W Writing Modern Chinese History
HIST 3615 History of Chinese Communism