Author

 William Young

Dr William Young, born and raised in central Wisconsin, is the former Associate Director of International Programs and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of North Dakota. He specializes in the history of international relations and military history.  He especially enjoys medieval, early modern, and modern European history as well as United States diplomatic and military history.  His latest published works include German Diplomatic Relations 1871-1945 (2006), International Politics and Warfare in the Age of Louis XIV and Peter the Great (2004), and European War and Diplomacy, 1337-1815 (2003).  Dr Young is a former historian for the United States Air Force History Program.  He is the author of 42 classified volumes of Air Force history as well as numerous special studies and monographs.  His works include coverage of U-2 reconnaissance operations in Europe and North Africa, F-15 fighter alert operations in NATO’s Second Allied Tactical Air Force, INF Treaty compliance inspections in Europe, Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile operations, as well as B-1B strategic bomber and KC-135 air-to-air refueling tanker worldwide operations.  Dr Young is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Historian of the Year Award.  His military assignments include thirteen years in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.  He retired from the Air Force in 1997, and from the University of North Dakota in 2014. He continues to live in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Educational Background:

Doctor of Arts – History – University of North Dakota (2000)

Master of Arts – History – University of North Dakota (1993)

Master of Arts – International Relations – University of Southern California (1985)

Bachelor of Arts – History – State University of New York at Albany (1990)

Bachelor of Science – Government & Politics – University of Maryland (1982)

Air Force Historian Development Program – Air University (1983)

Published/Posted Works:

Book Review of The Ashgate Research Companion to the Thirty Years’ War, edited by Olaf Asbach and Peter Schröder in The Journal of Military History (October 2014).

Book Review of Germany and the Origins of the Second World War, by Jonathan Wright in International History (July 2013).

Book Review of Dynasty and Piety: Archduke Albert (1598-1621) and Habsburg Political Culture in an Age of Religious Wars, by Luc Doerloo in International History (June 2013).

Book Review of Austria’s Wars of Emergence, 1683-1797: War, State, and Society in the Habsburg Monarchy, by Michael Hochedlinger in International History (June 2013).

Book Review of Nazi Foreign Policy, 1933-1941: The Road to Global War, by Christian Leitz in International History (May 2013).

Book Review of The Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665-1667): International Raison d’État, Mercantilism and Maritime Strife, by Gijs Rommelse in International History (May 2013).

Book Review of  Marlborough’s America, by Stephen Saunders Webb in H-War Military History Network (May 2013).

Book Review of The Diplomatic Corps under Charles II and James II, by Phyllis S. Lachs in International History (April 2013).

Book Review of The Seven Years’ War: Global Views, edited by Mark H. Danley and Patrick J. Speelman in International History (April 2013).

Book Review of Shadow Flights: America’s Secret Air War against the Soviet Union, by Curtis Peebles in International History (March 2013).

Book Review of The Great Elector, by Derek McKay in International History (March 2013).

Book Review of What Hitler Knew: The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy, by Zachary Shore in International History (March 2013).

Book Review of Poltava 1709: The Battle and the Myth, edited by Serhii Plokhy in International History (March 2013).

Book Review of Strategy in the American War of Independence: A Global Approach, edited by Donald Stoker, Kenneth J. Hagan, and Michael T. McMaster in International History (March 2013).

Book Review of The Nine Years’ War and the British Army, 1688-1697: The Operations in the Low Countries, by John Childs in International History  (February 2013).

“Readings in the History of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648),” in International History (February 2013).

“Review Article: Louis XIV’s Dutch War (1672-1678/79),” in The War Studies Group (February 2013).

Book Review of Charles Whitworth: Diplomat in the Age of Peter the Great, by Janet M. Hartley in International History (February 2013).

“Europe in the Age of Louis XIV (1660-1715): A Bibliography,” in International History (January 2013).

Book Review of Peter the Great and the West: New Perspectives, edited by Lindsey Hughes in International History (January 2013).

Book Review of Guarding the Frontier: Ottoman Border Forts and Garrisons in Europe, by Mark L. Stein in International History (January 2013).

Book Review of The Continental Commitment: Britain, Hanover and Interventionism, 1714-1793, by Jeremy Black in International History (January 2013).

Book Review of The Emergence of Britain’s Global Naval Supremacy: The War of 1739-1748, by Richard Harding in International History (January 2013).

Book Review of Joseph II: Volume II, Against the World, 1780-1790, by Derek Beales in International History (December 2012).

Book Review of The War of American Independence, 1775-1783, by Richard Middleton in International History (December 2012).

Book Review of The Projection and Limitations of Imperial Powers, 1618-1850, edited by Frederick C. Schneid in International History (December 2012).

Book Review of  The Ottoman Crimean War (1853-1856), by Candan Badem in International History (December 2012).

Book Review of The Great Chevauchée: John of Gaunt’s Raid on France 1373, by David Nicolle in International History (December 2012).

Book Review of William III and the Northern Crowns during the Nine Years War, 1689-1697, by Stewart P. Oakley in International History (December 2012).

Book Review of Negotiator out of Season: The Career of Wilhelm Egon von Fürstenberg, 1629 to 1704, by John T. O’Connor in International History (November 2012).

Book Review of Peter the Great and Marlborough: Politics and Diplomacy in Converging Wars, by Andrew Rothstein in International History (November 2012).

Book Review of An English Diplomat in the Low Countries: Sir William Temple and John de Witt, 1665-1672, by K.H.D. Haley in International History (November 2012).

Book Review of England in the War of the Spanish Succession: A Study of the English View and Conduct of Grand Strategy, 1702-1712, by John B. Hattendorf in International History (November 2012).

“Age of the Thirty Years War (1598-1660): A Bibliography,” in International History (November 2012).

Book Review of Edward III and the War at Sea: The English Navy, 1327-1377, by Graham Cushway in International History (November 2012).

Book Review of In the Steps of the Black Prince: The Road to Poitiers, 1355-1356, by Peter Hoskins in Military History (November 2012).

Book Review of The Global Seven Years War, 1754-1763: Britain and France in a Great Power Contest, by Daniel A. Baugh in International History (November 2012).

“Readings in the Military History of The Hundred Years War (1337-1453),” in International History (October 2012).

“Review Article: The Great Siege of Gibraltar, 1779-1783,” in International History (October 2012).

Book Review of A Duel of Nations: Germany, France, and the Diplomacy of the War of 1870-1871, by David Wetzel in International History (October 2012).

Book Review of Frederick the Great: A Military History, by Dennis Showalter in International History (October 2012).

Book Review of The Peace of Passarowitz, 1718, edited by Charles Ingrao, Nikola Samardžić, and Jovan Pešalj in International History (October 2012).

“Historiography on the Origins of the Crimean War,” in International History (October 2012).

Book Review of May 1940: The Battle for the Netherlands, edited by Herman Amersfoort and Piet Kamphuis in International History (September 2012).

“Review Article: Historiographies, Bibliographies and War in European History (1494-1815),” in International History (September 2012).

Book Review of Warfare in Eastern Europe, 1500-1800, edited by Brian L. Davies, in International History (September 2012).

Book Review of Italy and the European Powers: The Impact of War, 1500-1530, edited by Christine Shaw in International History (September 2012).

“Philip II and Spanish Hegemony (1559-1598): A Bibliography,” in International History (September 2012).

“The Great Powers and the American Civil War: A Select Bibliography,” in Civil War History (September 2012).

Book Review of The Seven Years War in Europe, 1756-1763, by Franz A.J. Szabo in International History (September 2012).

Book Review of The Resilience of the Spanish Monarchy, 1665-1700, by Christopher Storrs in International History (September 2012).

Book Review of Admiral Sir John Norris and the British Naval Expeditions to the Baltic Sea, 1715-1727, by David Denis Aldridge in International History (September 2012).

Book Review of Mazarin’s Quest: The Congress of Westphalia and the Coming of the Fronde, by Paul Sonnino in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of The Business of War: Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe, by David Parrott in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of Ideology and Foreign Policy in Early Modern Europe (1650-1750), edited by David Onnekink and Gijs Rommelse in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of The Road to Rocroi: Class, Culture and Command in the Spanish Army of Flanders, 1567-1659, by Fernando González de León in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of The Crimean War: British Grand Strategy against Russia, 1853-56, by Andrew Lambert in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations, by Howard Jones in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of Caution and Cooperation: The American Civil War in British-American Relations, by Phillip E. Myers in Civil War History (August 2012).

“Italian and Habsburg-Valois Wars (1494-1559): A Bibliography,” in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of The Second War of Italian Unification, 1859-61, by Frederick C. Schneid in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of Wallenstein: The Enigma of the Thirty Years War, by Geoff Mortimer in Military History (August 2012).

Book Review of Declaring War in Early Modern Europe, by Frederic J. Baumgartner in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of Allies with the Infidel: The Ottoman and French Alliance in the Sixteenth Century, by Christine Isom-Verhaaren in International History (August 2012).

“Late Middle Ages to Renaissance Italy (1337-1494): A Bibliography,” in International History (August 2012).

“General Diplomatic and Military Studies (1337-1815): A Bibliography,” in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of Deterrence through Strength: British Naval Power and Foreign Policy under Pax Britannica, by Rebecca Berens Matzke in International History (August 2012).

Book Review of Empire and Military Revolution in Eastern Europe: Russia’s Turkish Wars in the Eighteenth Century, by Brian L. Davies in  Military History (July 2012).

Book Review of The Italian Wars, 1494-1559: War, State and Society in Early Modern Europe, by Michael Mallett and Christine Shaw in Military History (July 2012).

Book Review of Spain and the American Civil War, by Wayne H. Bowen in Civil War History (June 2012).

Book Review of The Dutch Army and the Military Revolutions, 1588-1688, by Olaf van Nimwegen in Military History (May 2012).

Book Review of Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses, by David Santiuste in Military History (January 2012).

Book Review of Henry VIII and Francis I: The Final Conflict, 1540-1547, by David Potter in Military History (January 2012).

Book Review of Marshal Vauban and the Defence of Louis XIV’s France, by James Falkner in Military History (January 2012).

Book Review of Cross and Crescent in the Balkans: The Ottoman Conquest of South-Eastern Europe (14th-15th Centuries), by David Nicolle in Military History (August 2011).

Contribution to The Thirties in America, 3 volumes. Edited by Thomas Tandy Lewis. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2011.

“Geneva Disarmament Conference of 1932”

Book Review of War and Religion after Westphalia, 1648-1713, edited by David Onnekink in The Journal of Military History 74 (October 2010).

Contributions to The Forties in America, 3 volumes. Edited by Thomas Tandy Lewis. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010.

“Destroyers-for-Bases Deal (1940)”

“Potsdam Conference”

“Nuremberg War Trials”

Book Review of The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy, by Peter H. Wilson in The Journal of Military History 74 (July 2010).

History of the Office of International Programs at the University of North Dakota (1954-2008).  University of North Dakota 125th Anniversary series. Grand Forks, N.Dak.: UND International Centre, 2009.

German Diplomatic Relations, 1871-1945: The Wilhelmstrasse and the Formulation of Foreign Policy. New York, Lincoln and Shanghai: iUniverse, 2006.  Pp. xvii, 406.

Contribution to The Seventies in America, 3 volumes. Edited by John C. Super and Tracy Irons-Georges. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2006.

“Cold War in the Seventies”

Contribution to The Fifties in America, 3 volumes. Edited by John C. Super. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2005.

“U-2 Spy Planes”

International Politics and Warfare in the Age of Louis XIV and Peter the Great: A Guide to the Historical Literature. New York, Lincoln and Shanghai: iUniverse, 2004.  Pp. xiii, 540.

Book Review of The Dynastic State and the Army under Louis XIV: Royal Service and Private Interest, 1661-1701, by Guy Rowlands in The Journal of Military History 67 (April 2003).

Book Review of Scotland and the Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648, edited by Steve Murdoch in The Journal of Military History 67 (January 2003).

European War and Diplomacy, 1337-1815: A Bibliography. New York, Lincoln, and Shanghai: iUniverse, 2003.  Pp. xiii, 308.

Contributions to Magill’s Guide to Military History, 5 volumes. Edited by John Powell. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001.

“Second Northern War (1655-1660)”

“Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659)”

War and Diplomacy in the Age of Louis XIV: A Historical Study and Annotated Bibliography. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI, 2000. Pp. xii, 740.

History of Grand Forks Air Force Base and the 319th Air Refueling Wing. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1996.

History of the 319th Air Refueling Wing, 1993-1996. 4 narrative volumes. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1994-96.

The Early Years: Grand Forks Air Force Base, 1954-1963. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1994.

Brief History of the 319th Air Refueling Wing and Grand Forks Air Force Base, 1954-1994. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1994.

History of the Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia, 1993-1994. 3 narrative volumes. Riyadh Air Base, Saudi Arabia: Office of History, 1993-94.

Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia Coalition Flights over the Southern Iraq No-Fly Zone, 1992-1993. Riyadh Air Base, Saudi Arabia: Office of History, 1994.

The Evolution of Air Force Operations at Grand Forks Air Force Base, 1954-1993. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1993.

A Brief History of the 319th Bomb Wing, 1942-1992, and Grand Forks Air Force Base, 1954-1992. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1992.

History of the 319th Bomb Wing, 1992-1993. 3 narrative volumes. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1992-93.

History of the 319th Wing, 1991-1992. 2 narrative volumes. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1992.

History of the 42d Air Division, 1989-1990. 2 narrative volumes. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1991.

History of the 319th Bombardment Wing (Heavy), 1990-1991. 2 narrative volumes. Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.Dak.: Office of History, 1991.

Evolution of the 32d Tactical Fighter Group Alert Force, 1954-1990. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1990.

The 32d Tactical Fighter Group and Dutch Environmental Issues: Flying Training and Aviation Restrictions/Maintenance Operations and the Sound Nuisance Act, 1954-1990. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1990.

The Development of Integrated Dutch-American Joint Operations at Soesterberg Air Base, 1954-1990. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1990.

History of the 32d Tactical Fighter Group, 1989-1990. 5 narrative volumes. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1989-90.

History of the 32d Tactical Fighter Group, 32d Tactical Fighter Squadron, and Soesterberg Air Base. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1990.

A Guide to 32d Tactical Fighter Squadron Flying Training Activity, 1960 to 1989: Flying Training Deployments and Flying Exercises. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1990.

Quest for Group Status: The 32d Tactical Fighter Squadron and Its Organizational History, 1954-1990. 2 vols. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1990.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Quota Compliance Inspection, 25 May 1989, Woensdrecht Air Base, The Netherlands. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1989.

The 78th Fighter Group in World War II. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1989.

32d Tactical Fighter Squadron “Class A” Aircraft Mishap History, 1954-1988. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1989.

A Chronological History of Soesterberg Air Base during the Second World War, 1939-1945. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1988.

History of the 32d Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1986-1989. 6 narrative volumes. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1987-89.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Compliance Inspection, Base-Line, 29-30 July 1988, Woensdrecht Air Base, The Netherlands. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1988.

History of the 32d Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1939-1986. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1987.

The History of Soesterberg Air Base and the Development of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, 1910-1987. Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands: Office of History, 1987.

The 95th Goes to War: The Story of the 95th Aero Squadron in World War I. RAF Alconbury, England: Office of History, 1986.

A Brief History of the 17th Reconnaissance Wing, 1928-1986. RAF Alconbury, England: Office of History, 1986.

History of the 17th Reconnaissance Wing, 1982-86. 15 narrative volumes. RAF Alconbury, England: Office of History, 1983-86.

Presentations:

“The Cold War, Strategic Reconnaissance, and the Dragon Lady (1949-1960),” The War Studies Group, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, June 2013.

“The North, the South, and the Great Powers: From the Crimean War to the Trent Affair,” Great Plains Civil War Round Table, Grand Forks, North Dakota, September 2012.

“Air Force Operations on the Northern Tier: The Case of Grand Forks Air Force Base (1954-1966),” Northern Great Plains History Conference, Fargo, North Dakota, October 2003.

“Military Cooperation in NATO: The Case of the United States Air Force in the Netherlands (1952-1992),” Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, April 2000.

“Louis XIV, French Aggression, and the Formation of the First Grand Alliance, 1661-1689,” Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, April 1999.

“The Buildup of Grand Forks Air Force Base and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1954-1963,” Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, April 1998.

“Writing History on the Front Lines,” Phi Alpha Theta/History Department Presentation Series, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, November 1994.

Professional Memberships:

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Society for Military History

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