Cathal J. Nolan

CAS B13; Spring ’19 Hours: MW 6:15-7:45

Associate Professor of History; Executive Director, International History Institute

B.A., University of Alberta, M.A., Ph.D., University of Toronto

Military history, history of international relations, history of American foreign policy, international human rights history

Curriculum Vitae

Cathal J. Nolan is Associate Professor of History and Executive Director of the International History Institute, Boston University. He is an award-winning teacher and scholar of military and international history. His Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars are Won and Lost (Oxford, 2017), received the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History. The $50,000 prize is co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New York Historical Society. It “recognizes the best book on military history in the English-speaking world distinguished by its scholarship, its contribution to the literature, and its appeal to both a general and an academic audience.”

His other books include a two volume Concise History of World War II; Wars of the Age of Louis XIV; and a two-volume study of The Age of the Wars of Religion. He consults on military history to the PBS series NOVA and various other documentary films. He is currently writing Decency: Mercy and Honor in War, for Oxford University Press. Under the pen name Kali Altsoba, he writes future military fiction. Assassin (2018) is the seventh volume in his Orion War series.