JBU Professor Publishes German History Book

Siloam Springs, Ark (January 11, 2000) — Dr. Edward Ericson III, assistant professor of history and chairman of the Division of Social and Behavioral Studies at John Brown University, recently published his first book, Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933-1941.

The book addresses two major themes: the economic relationship between Germany and the Soviet Union during WWII and the effect of this relationship on Germany’s war-making capabilities. The book will primarily be used by other historians for research purposes, said Ericson.

When asked what his purpose was in writing the book, Ericson said that he " wanted to understand the process that historians go through to do major research and also wanted to eliminate some major questions that historians have been asking for years concerning the relationship between Germany and the Soviet Union during WWII."

Ericson began researching the book in 1988 while in graduate school at Indiana University. In 1993-1994, he spent a year in Germany researching primary documents related to the relationship between Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. He then wrote his book in 1995 as his doctoral dissertation and spent the intervening summers revising his work for publication.

Ericson has been on the history faculty at John Brown University since 1994. He has taught courses in American Studies, Western Civilization, Contemporary World, Russian History, German History, and World War II.

Since 1919, John Brown University, a nondenominational Christian university, has provided top-quality, Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on educating the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,500 students from 47 states and 33 countries. For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. The University has also repeatedly been included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.