Paul Pitman

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


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As a historian, Paul Pitman is interested in a broad range of topics, including the political development of the Atlantic world since the Enlightenment; the interplay between international relations and domestic affairs in advanced industrial societies; and the role of historical thinking in politics and policy-making. He is currently working on two major projects, a book on France’s role in European integration during the 1950s and a study of transatlantic relations during the 1970s and the 1980s.

Since 2010, Paul has served as a historian with the Office of the Historian of the U.S. Department of State. Before joining the Office of the Historian, he taught history, international relations, and strategy at several colleges and universities, including the University of California at Berkeley and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Paul has also worked as a researcher at the Library of Congress, the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) at UC Berkeley, and the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Paul Pitman earned his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 1997.

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U.S. Foreign Policy; Transatlantic Relations; European Integration; French 4, German 4, Italian 2

Hist 3045: International History of the Cold War
HIST 6030 Uses of History in International Affairs

“The Suez Crisis: Consequences for the Atlantic System.” In Les Occidentaux et la Crise de Suez: une Relecture Politico-Militaire, ed. Martin Alexander, Robert Frank, Scott Lucas, Philippe Vial (Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne, forthcoming).

“The Economic Consequences of Mr. Eden: The Paris Accords, Europe’s Strategic Industries and the Atlantic Political Economy,” in L’Europe et l’OTAN face aux défis des élargissements de 1952 et 1954 (Brussels: Editions Bruyant, 2005).

“'A General Named Eisenhower': Atlantic Crisis and European Integration,” in Between Empire and Alliance: America and Europe during the Cold War, ed. Marc Trachtenberg, 33-61 (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).

"Interested Circles: French Industry and the Rise and Fall of the European Defense Community (1950-1954)." In La Sécurité en Europe quarante ans après l'échec de la Communauté européenne de défense, ed. Michel Dumoulin, 51-62. Bern: Peter Lang, 2000.

"Western Rearmament, French Military-Industrial Strategies, and the Evolution of the European Economic Order." In La IVe République face aux problèmes d'armement, ed. Maurice Vaïsse, 267-82. Brussels: Editions Complexe, 1998.

"The French Crisis and the Dissolution of the European Payments Union, 1956-58." In Explorations in OEEC History, ed. Richard T. Griffiths, 219-27. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 1997.

"Le Retour à la convertibilité monétaire en Europe occidentale et le redressement financier français." In Du Franc Poincaré à l'écu, ed. Maurice Lévy-Leboyer, Alain Plessis, Michel Aglietta, and Christian de Boissieu, 449-70. Paris: Imprimerie nationale for the Comité pour l'h'histoire économique et financière, 1993

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997.