Herbert Feis

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Herbert Feis (June 7, 1893 – March 2, 1972) was an American Historian and economist. He was the Economic Advisor for International Affairs to the U.S. Department of State in the Hoover and Roosevelt administrations.

Feis wrote at least 13 published books and won the annual Pulitzer Prize for History in 1961 for one of them, Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference (Princeton University Press, 1960).[1] It features the Potsdam Conference and the origins of the Cold War.


Feis was born in New York City and raised on the Lower East Side. His parents, Louis Feis and Louise Waterman Feis, were Jewish immigrants from Alsace, France that came to America in the late 1800s. His uncle invented the Waterman stove. He graduated from Harvard University and went on to marry the granddaughter of James Garfield, the 20th president of the US.[2]

He died in Winter Park, Florida.

Herbert Feis Award[edit]

The Herbert Feis Award is awarded annually since 1984 by the American Historical Association, the pre-eminent professional society of historians, to recognize the recent work of public historians or independent scholars.[3]


  • The Settlement of Wage Disputes (Macmillan, 1921) – his earliest work in the Library of Congress Catalog[4]
  • Europe the World's Banker, 1870–1914 (1930)[5]
  • The Changing Pattern of International Economic Affairs (1940)[6]
  • Seen from E.A.: Three International Episodes (1947)[7]
  • The Spanish Story: Franco and the Nations at War (1948)[8]
  • The Road to Pearl Harbor: The Coming of the War Between the United States and Japan (1950)[9]
  • The China Tangle: The American Effort in China from Pearl Harbor to the Marshall Mission (1953)[10]
  • Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin: The War They Waged and the Peace They Sought (1957)[11]
  • Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference (1960) (Pulitzer Prize)[12]
  • Japan Subdued:The Atomic Bomb and the End of the War in the Pacific' (1961)[13]
  • The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II (1966)[14]
  • 1933: Characters in Crisis (1966)[15]
  • From Trust to Terror: The Onset of the Cold War, 1945–1950 (1970)[16]
  • Dennis Yergler, Herbert Feis, Wilsonian Internationalism, and America's Technological-Democracy (1993)[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  2. ^ "Herbert Feis". American Authors by Answers.com. Answers.com. 2004. 
  3. ^ "Herbert Feis Award". American Historical Association. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  4. ^ gutenberg.org
  5. ^ books.google.com
  6. ^ books.google.com
  7. ^ books.google.com
  8. ^ archive.org
  9. ^ jstor.org
  10. ^ books.google.com
  11. ^ archive.org
  12. ^ books.google.com
  13. ^ jstor.org
  14. ^ amazon.com
  15. ^ books.google.com
  16. ^ books.google.com
  17. ^ books.google.com

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