Dr. Robert H. Larson
International Studies: Professor
Classes: Conflict in Western Civilization, Europe in the Era of the World Wars, Contemporary Europe, French Revolution and Napoleon, Civil War and Reconstruction, Historical Methods
Lycoming College students have been learning from Professor Larson since 1969. Currently, he is Chair of the History Department, and since 1972, he has served as coordinator of our International Studies Program. Dr. Larson received his B.A. from The Citadel and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Larson's area of expertise focuses on European History from the Renaissance to the Present and on Military History during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Since 1987, he has traveled extensively throughout England and Germany to conduct his research. He has conducted such research with the cooperation of the Public Records Office in England and the Military History Institute of German Armed Forces in Potsdam (outside of Berlin). He has lectured at the Institute and at the Royal Danish Military Academy in Copenhagen. His major published work, for which he received the Templer Medal in 1984, is The British Army and the Theory of Army Warfare. (The Templer Medal is presented by the Society for Army Historical Research in England for the book making the most important contribution to the history of British and Commonwealth Land Forces for that year.) His current research focuses on the Wars of German Unification in the 19th Century.
Dr. Larson also participates in Staff Rides in France and Belgium with the United States Army to examine former military battles and analyze decisions made by military officers. He attended the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
Traveling for research is not his only pastime; Dr. Larson and his wife have toured throughout Scotland, Wales, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, France, Slovenia, and Croatia.