William I. Hitchcock is the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His work and teaching focus on the international, diplomatic and military history of the 20th Century, in particular the era of the world wars and the cold war. He has written widely on trans-Atlantic relations, the politics of the 1950s, and European history and politics.
He received his B.A. degree from Kenyon College in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1994, working under the supervision of Paul Kennedy. He has held appointments at Yale, Wellesley College and Temple University. His books include: France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe (UNC, 1998); From War to Peace: Altered Strategic Landscapes in the 20th Century (co-edited with Paul Kennedy, Yale, 2000); The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent, 1945-present (Doubleday/Anchor, 2002); and The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe (Free Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a winner of the George Louis Beer Prize, and a Financial Times bestseller in the UK. He is also the co-editor of The Human Rights Revolution: An International History (with Petra Goedde and Akira Iriye, Oxford: 2012). His most recent book is he Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s (Simon and Schuster, 2017).