William Keylor

Professor of History and International Relations, BU Pardee School of Global Studies
College of Arts & Sciences

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B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

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William R. Keylor is the author of Academy and Community: The Foundation of the French Historical Profession (1975); Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (1979); The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 (6th rev. ed., 2011); The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919 (1997), edited with… Read more

William R. Keylor is the author of Academy and Community: The Foundation of the French Historical Profession (1975); Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (1979); The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 (6th rev. ed., 2011); The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919 (1997), edited with an introduction; Encyclopedia of the Modern World, (2006), editor; and A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945 (Second Edition, 2008); as well as dozens of articles in scholarly journals and book chapters on twentieth-century history.

Keylor has been a Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He was elected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, has been named Chevalier de L’Ordre National du M érite by the French government, has served as the president of the Society for French Historical Studies. At Boston University, he has received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Methodist Scholar-Teacher Award. Keylor served four consecutive terms as Chairman of the Department of History at Boston University (1988-2000) and has served as Director of the International History Institute since 1999.

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    • Trump: Only ‘stupid’ people and ‘fools’ think good relations with Kremlin bad

      January 9, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences President-elect Donald Trump said yesterday that “only ‘stupid’ people or fools” would dismiss closer ties with Russia and suggested warmer relations between the two countries would help solve “some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the world,” a claim that local […]

    • Terror’s toll in Turkey could test NATO resolve

      January 5, 2017

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences The recent surge in terror attacks in Turkey — including yesterday’s massacre at an Istanbul nightclub where a gunman shot at least 39 people dead and left scores wounded — could begin to test the resolve of NATO and others, including the United States, in […]

    • Donald Trump may pick Exxon’s Rex Tillerson to head State

      December 12, 2016

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences President-elect Donald Trump’s reported plan to pick Putin pal and ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state would likely trigger a “sea change” in U.S.-Russia relations, experts said, as lawmakers press for a full airing of intel indicating Moscow somehow aided Trump in the […]

    • 75 years later, resonance of Pearl Harbor fades for 9/11 generation

      December 8, 2016

      Boston Globe William Keylor, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences When Robert Greenleaf closes his eyes, he still sees the red circles painted on the wings of Japanese warplanes headed toward nearby Pearl Harbor… Expert quote: “They were very aware of the situation and quite interested in it.” View full article

    • U.S. flight to Cuba is historic

      September 1, 2016

      Boston Herald William Keylor, Pardee School of Global Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Cheers broke out as the first commercial flight from the United States to Cuba landed yesterday, restarting air service to the island nation after a half-century hiatus begun at the height of the Cold War… Expert quote: “It’s a win-win situation […]

    • On Foreign Policy: Even With A Teleprompter, Trump Gets It Wrong

      August 29, 2016

      WBUR Cognoscenti By William Keylor, Pardee School of Global Studies, College of Arts & Sciences “Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech last week was more coherent than his earlier pronouncements on the topic…” View full article

    • Monmouth U: Woodrow Wilson Hall won’t be renamed

      June 27, 2016

      Asbury Park Press William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Woodrow Wilson’s name will remain on one of Monmouth University’s most prominent buildings, the university announced Friday… Expert quote: “Born in Virginia and raised in Georgia and South Carolina, Wilson was a loyal son of the old South who regretted […]

    • Great Britain’s move could trigger ‘Frexit’ and more upheaval

      June 25, 2016

      Boston Herald William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The potential for a so-called “Frexit” could loom following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, which is emboldening some far-right French pols to push for the 
country’s own break from the 
embattled EU… Expert quote: “If France were […]

    • How Prez Donald Trump could shake up the world

      May 24, 2016

      Boston Herald William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies A President Donald Trump could become the nation’s disruptor-in-chief in a manner not seen since FDR, displaying a new swagger that could reset tense relations with China, Russia and the Middle East, while rebuilding the military and avoiding the tedious and […]

    • Removing a racist legacy at Monmouth University?

      April 30, 2016

      Asbury Park Press William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies It’s a time of reckoning for Woodrow Wilson at Monmouth University… Expert quote: “Born in Virginia and raised in Georgia and South Carolina, Wilson was a loyal son of the old South who regretted the outcome of the Civil War.” View […]

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