Michael Neiberg, La Médaille d’Or du Rayonnement Cultural


Michael S. Neiberg is Professor of History and Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he teaches history, strategy, and international relations to American and international security professionals.


A native of Pittsburgh, he has degrees from the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University. He previously taught at the United States Air Force Academy where he served on the Franco-American Exchange Committee.


His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars in global context. The Wall Street Journal named his Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I one of the five best books ever written about that war. He is also the author of The Blood of Free Men about the liberation of Paris in 1944 and the prize-winning Second Battle of the Marne. In October 2016 Oxford University Press published his Path to War, a history of American responses to the Great War in Europe, 1914-1917 and in July 2017 Oxford published his Concise History of the Treaty of Versailles.


He is now at work on a history of US involvement in the Middle East from 1942 to 1950 as well as an article on American attitudes toward Alsace-Lorraine in 1918-1919. He won a Truman Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has twice won the Tomlinson Prize for best book on the First World War. He recently became the first American to deliver the Liddell Hart Lecture at King’s College, London. 


Michael is married to his wife Barbara, who is a fellow francophone and did a semester abroad in Strasbourg. They have two daughters, Claire and Maya. 

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