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Donald E Davis

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Nationality  American
Occupation  Historian, author

Spouse(s)  Mary Davis
Name  Donald Davis
Donald E. Davis
Alma mater  San Francisco State University, Indiana University

Donald E. Davis is an author and historian. Previously, Davis was a professor at Illinois State University.


Early life and education

Davis earned his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University. He attended graduate school at Indiana University, where he obtained his MA and PhD, focusing on Russian history. Davis wrote his dissertation on Vladimir Lenin and theories of warfare, especially those of Clausewitz. At San Francisco State University, Harold H. Fisher mentored him; at Indiana University, he studied with Robert F. Byrnes and Robert H. Ferrell.


Davis edited, No East or West: The Memoirs of Paul B. Anderson. He coauthored The First Cold War: The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson in U.S. - Soviet Relations with Eugene P. Trani, an American diplomatic historian. Additionally, Distorted Mirrors; The Reporter Who Knew Too Much; and A Bridge to Somewhere. In 2004, Davis retired from Illinois State University after 40 years of teaching courses in European, Russian, and Soviet history. He was one of the university’s longest serving faculty members in the history department. He is a member of the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (AASEEES) and has published in its journal, the Slavic Review (“The American YMCA and the Russian Revolution” vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 469–91) as well as in many other scholarly journals and anthologies. His personal archive, the “Davis Collection,” is at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Personal life

Davis is married to Mary Davis, a retired elementary school teacher and director of a multi-county rural transport system, SHOW BUS. The couple has two children, a son and daughter.


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