Historian Mark Stoler gives annual Rabbi Max Wall lecture

Mark StolerThe 2013 Rabbi Max B. Wall Lecture will be given by Dr. Mark Stoler, emeritus professor of history at the University of Vermont. Dr. Stoler's lecture is titled "Secretary of State George C. Marshall and the Creation of Israel: The Partition and Recognition Controversies of 1947-1948."

A widely published scholar, Dr. Stoler explored George C. Marshall in his 1989 book, George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century. Dr. Stoler is an expert in U.S. diplomatic and military history and in World War II. He is currently editing The Papers of George Catlett Marshall and completing a book on the World War II Combined Chiefs of Staff. 

About Rabbi Wall

The late Rabbi Max B. Wall, beloved spiritual leader of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, was a chaplain for the U.S. military during World War II. When he came to Burlington in the 1940s, he became a friend of the Society of St. Edmund priests who founded Saint Michael's College. Rabbi Wall taught courses in Judaism at Saint Michael's for a number of years. He and Professor Stoler were good friends.

About Mark Stoler

Included among Professor Stoler's many publications are Allies and Adversaries: the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War II (2000), The Politics of the Second Front: American Military Planning and Diplomacy in Coalition Warfare, 1941-1943 (1977), and Allies in War: Britain and America against the Axis Powers, 1940-1945 (2005). He also co-authored Explorations in American History (1987) with Marshall True, Major Problems in the History of World War II (2003) with Melanie Gustafson, and Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Foreign Policies (2005) with Justus Doenecke.

Professor Stoler's scholarship earned him the University Scholar Award at UVM (1993) and the Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Military History (2002). His equally distinguished teaching earned him the Dean's Lecture Award (1992), the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award (1984), and the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2006).

In addition to teaching at UVM, Dr. Stoler has served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Haifa in Israel, the U.S. Military History Institute, Williams College, and Washington & Lee University. He is former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2004) and a former trustee of the Society for Military History.

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