Goldstein Releases New Book: “The Road to Pearl Harbor“

Erik Goldstein, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, has released a new book titled The Road to Pearl Harbor: Great Power War in Asia and the Pacific (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2022).

Goldstein co-edited the book with John H. Maurer, Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy in the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College. In addition to editing the volume, Goldstein penned the book’s chapter “Constructing a Liberal International Order.”

The Road to Pearl Harbor offers a timely examination of the conflict in the Pacific prior to the attacks on Pearl Harbor and offers lessons applicable to understanding contemporary Great Power flash points between Asia and the West. This volume brings together renowned historians and analysts of grand strategy to map out the fateful decisions that culminated in war. The contributors take a pragmatic view of the policy and strategy options, as well as the decisions made by the leaders of the great powers. This important history underscores that the choices made by political, military, and naval leaders mattered in determining questions of war and peace.

For more on The Road to Pearl Harbor, visit U.S. Naval Institute Press’ website.

Erik Goldstein’s research interests include diplomacy, formulation of national diplomatic strategies, the origins and resolution of armed conflict, and negotiation. He is the author of Winning the Peace: British Diplomatic Strategy, Peace Planning, and the Paris Peace Conference, 1916-1920 (1991); Wars and Peace Treaties (1992); and The First World War’s Peace Settlements: International Relations, 1918 – 1925 (2002, Italian translation, 2004). To learn more about Erik, read his faculty profile