Michael Kort

Professor, Social Sciences

Teaching Interests

Russian history; Chinese history; and American foreign policy since the 1930s

Research Interests

History of the Soviet Union; the bombing of Hiroshima and the end of World War II; and American foreign policy during the Cold War

Selected Publications


The Vietnam War Reexamined. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

A Brief History of Russia. New York: Facts on File, 2008.

The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

The Columbia Guide to the Cold War. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

Modernization and Revolution in China. (co‑author with June Grasso and Jay Corrin), Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1991. Fifth edition, Routledge, 2018.

The Soviet Colossus: The Soviet Colossus: A History of the USSR. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1985. A Book of the Month Club Alternate Selection, 1985. Currently published as: The Soviet Colossus: History and Aftermath. Seventh edition. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2010.


“Hiroshima to Rekishika: Shusei shugi no kobo” [“Historians and Hiroshima: The Rise and Fall of Revisionism”]. Doshisha hogaku [The Doshisha Law Review] 60, no. 6 (January 31, 2009), 471-491.

“Comments on Choices Under Fire.” Historically Speaking, March/April 2008, 41-43.

“The Historiography of Hiroshima: The Rise and Fall of Revisionism.” The New England Journal of History 64, no.1 (Fall 2007), 31-48.

“Harry S. Truman (1945-1953).” In U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy: 1789 to the Present, edited by Carl C. Hodge and Cathal J. Nolan, 263-267.  Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2007.

“Racing the Enemy: A Critical Look.” Historically Speaking, January/February 2006, 22-24.

“The Delivery of Primary Health Care in American Public Schools.” Journal of School Health, December 1984, 453-457

“The Soviet Economy and the Plight of Soviet Jewry,” Midstream, June/July 1984, 12-15

“Quotas and Jewish History,” Midstream, May 1978, 50-51

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

Historical Society.

National Association of Scholars.