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Michael A. Palmer

Professor, Department of History

Ph.D. Temple University

Office: Brewster A-322

Phone: 252-328-1023

FAX: 252-328-6774



Mike Palmer is a historian of the United States and world naval and military affairs. He specializes in American national security issues from the early republic to the present and naval and military history.  He has published ten books, most notably Command at Sea: Naval Command and Control since the Sixteenth Century (Harvard, 2005). In 2000 the Naval Institute Press published as part of its “Classics of Naval Literature” series a new edition of Stoddert’s War: Naval Operations during the Quasi-War with France, 1798–1801, Palmer’s first book (University of South Carolina Press, 1987) and revised Ph.D. dissertation. He has published three books on American policy with the Middle East, one on the American Civil War, and two works of fiction. His most recent work addresses modern European warfare: The German Wars: A Concise History, 1859–1945 (Zenith, 2010). Palmer served as a department chair at East Carolina University for twelve years in the Departments of Geography (1997-1999), History (1999-2007), and English (2007-2009). He is currently recovering from anxiety, ulcers, and hypertension.