Department of History



Karl G. Larew

Professor Emeritus
PhD Yale University, 1964

Office:   LA 4223
Phone:   410-704-3557
Fax:   410-704-5595

Karl Larew earned his in PhD in History at Yale University in 1964 for his dissertation titled, "The Policies of the Western Powers towards the Problem of the Turkish Straits, 1914-1923.” He specializes in U.S. and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly military, diplomatic, and political history, as well as intellectual history, popular culture, and the philosophy of history;

Since retirement, Dr. Larew has given non-credit courses at the Osher Society and also at Notre Dame. He often brings in veterans of Korean War and Vietnam to speak to his classes. Dr. Larew has also been spending his time writing novels. These can be found at his author page on, and everyone is encouraged to buy them.

About his career as a historian, Dr. Larew writes:


"I was born and raised in the family of a career Army officer, and my earliest memories are of WWII. Hence my interest in that War, which led to interest in other wars, especially WWI, Korea, and the Civil War. Since I like the "big picture," I have tended toward pre-war and wartime diplomatic/political history, though some of my publications have been more technically military. My employment as a civilian historian in the Army, during some of the summers I was in college/graduate school, and my service as an Army officer during some of the 1960s, reinforced my life-long interest in military history. But along the way, my intellectual and personal development got me interested in philosophy, hence intellectual history, and I still teach philosophy of history."







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