Roland Stromberg (1916-2004)

Jeffrey Merrick, March 2005

Roland Stromberg (1916–2004) received his BA from the University of Kansas City in 1939, MA from American University in 1946, and PhD from the University of Maryland in 1952. After teaching at the University of Maryland (1947–66) and Southern Illinois University (1966–67), he joined the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee faculty as professor of history in 1967. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses on European and intellectual history and retired in 1987. He published numerous monographs and textbooks, including Religious Liberalism in Eighteenth-Century England (1954); Collective Security and American Foreign Policy, from the League of Nations to NATO (1963); History of Western Civilization (1963); Intellectual History of Modern Europe (1966); European Intellectual History since 1789 (1968); Heritage and Challenge: The History and Theory of History, co-authored with Paul Conkin (1969); Arnold J. Toynbee, Historian for an Age in Crisis (1972); After Everything: Western Intellectual History since 1945 (1975); Europe in the Twentieth Century (1980); Redemption by War: The Intellectuals and 1914 (1982); Makers of Modern Culture: Five Twentieth-Century Thinkers (1991); Women, Men, and History: A Biographical Reader since the Sixteenth Century (1995); and Democracy: A Short, Analytical History (1996). Roland Stromberg was a devoted and inspiring teacher, a generous colleague with a lively sense of humor, and a learned man who loved jazz and baseball as well as history.

—Jeffrey Merrick, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee