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David Silbey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Humanities Department

Professional Education

  • B.A. in History, Cornell University
  • M.A. in History, Duke University
  • Ph.D. in History, Duke University

Research Interests

  • Nationalism in Modern Europe
  • Industrialized Mass War from 1861 to 1945
  • Guerrilla/Asymmetrical/Protracted War


  • David Silbey, A War of Empire and Frontier: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 (New York: Hill and Wang, 2007)
  • David Silbey, The British Working Class and Enthusiasm for Warfare, 1914-1916  (New York, Taylor & Francis, 2005).
  • Timothy Dowling, ed., Personal Perspectives on World War I (San Francisco: ABC-Clio, 2005). (Chapter on Indian soldiers at war)
  • Timothy Dowling, ed., Personal Perspectives on World War II (San Francisco: ABC-Clio, 2005). (Chapter on Japanese-American soldiers at war)


  • History 121, The Study of European History
  • Upper Level History Courses (290 & 349)


  • Spring 2004: Field Trip to Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ
  • Summer 2003: Britain, Belgium, France

Research Bibliographies

  • Military History: Top 100
  • The Internet Research Library for History (courtesy of the Alvernia Library)
  • Library History Research Guide

Phi Alpha Theta Advisor

Chinese TanksHonor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae.
~Constantine P. Cavafy

Contact Information

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David Silbey

Associate Professor of History

     Francis Hall 223