Joseph Rothschild

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Joseph Arthur Rothschild (April 5, 1931 at Fulda, Germany – January 30, 2000 at New York City) was an American Jewish professor of history and political science at Columbia University, specializing in Central European and Eastern European history.

Joseph A. Rothschild was a member of the Academy of Political Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Phi Beta Kappa and American Professors for Peace in the Middle East (of which he was the national vice chairman in the years 1975-1990). From 1985 he was also a member of the Commission on International Affairs for the American Jewish Congress.

He served on the editorial boards of the Middle East Review and the Political Science Quarterly.

Selected works[edit]


  • Communist Party of Bulgaria (1959)
  • Pilsudski's Coup D'État (1966)
  • East Central Europe Between the Two World Wars (1974)
  • Ethnopolitics: A Conceptual Framework (1979)
  • Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II (1994)


  • Ira Katznelson, Joseph Rothschild, PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Jun., 2001), pp. 344–345, Published by: American Political Science Association, JSTOR
  • Joseph Rothschild, Expert on East Central Europe, Dead at 70, The Record, Columbia University’s official newspaper, Vol.25, No. 14, Feb. 11, 2000