From Scotland to India: A Conversation with American Historian Betty Unterberger
Born in Scotland in 1922 and raised in the U.S., Betty Miller Unterberger began her college career at Syracuse University on a forensics scholarship. Bored to death with the speech curriculum, she took a citizenship course from Marguerite J. Fisher, the only woman professor she ever had. From Fisher, Betty developed an interest in political science and history. At Syracuse and later at Radcliffe College (now Harvard) where she went for her Master’s degree, Betty took American, British, Russian, and East Asian history. When she finally decided to go into American history, she had the background that made the history of American foreign relations a logical choice.
Betty was at Harvard during the Second World War and she took a course in diplomatic history from Thomas A. Bailey, who was visiting from Stanford. Bailey, a “fabulous lecturer” who “was like a combination of Saint Paul and Saint Vitus,” became one of Betty’s “lifelong heroes.” It was from Bailey that she first learned about American troops in Russia at the end of World War I. Intrigued by this little known episode in Russian-American relations, she went on to write her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject, which became the basis for her first book. America’s Siberian Expedition, 1918-1920: A Study of National Policy won prizes from both Duke University and the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA.
comments powered by Disqus
- Joan Baez, Sly Stone, Steve Martin, Ben E. King -- all honored by the Library of Congress
- StoryCorps to Launch Global Expansion With $1M TED Prize
- Hofstra Event Looks at Bush Presidency
- Did Israel steal uranium from a town in Pennsylvania in the 1960s?
- Sequel to Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom to be published next year
- Emory’s Leslie Harris says we should remember the racist roots of American colleges as we think about what went wrong at OU and other schools
- Stanford historian looks to the U.S. Postal Service to map the boom and bust of 19th-century American West
- U.S. historian denounces Japanese scholars' statement over wartime sexual slavery
- Timothy V Johnson Named Head of Tamiment Library
- History Camp "unconference" returns for the second year in Boston