2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70148, United States
Jeffrey P. Kimball got a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of New Orleans, in 1963.
99 University Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
In 1964 Kimball became a Master of Arts at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803, United States
Kimball attended Louisiana State University, where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1969.
(Why did America become involved in the quagmire of Vietna...)
Why did America become involved in the quagmire of Vietnam? These readings break new ground in covering and analyzing the multifaceted debate over why the U.S. intervened, diplomatically and militarily, in Southeast Asia between 1945 and 1975.
(Studies Nixon's role in the war, including his advocacy o...)
Studies Nixon's role in the war, including his advocacy of intervention in 1953, his struggle to appease all sides, his relationship with Kissinger, and his adoption of the "Madman Theory" - hinting he might use nuclear weapons.
(In their initial effort to end the Vietnam War, Richard N...)
In their initial effort to end the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger attempted to lever concessions from Hanoi at the negotiating table with military force and coercive diplomacy.
Jeffrey P. Kimball got a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of New Orleans, in 1963. In 1964 he became a Master of Arts at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. He also attended Louisiana State University, where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1969.
Kimball started his career as an assistant professor at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1969-1976), he was an associate professor there in 1976-1990. Since 1990 he has worked as a professor of history at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Also, he was a director of graduate studies there (1989-1991, 1999).
From 1995 to 1998 Kimball worked as a convener at Peace History Commission, International Peace Research.
Jeffrey P. Kimball has taught courses and been the author of books, journal articles, and book chapters on foreign relations, war, alternatives to war, war termination, popular culture, and historiography from the late eighteenth century to the Vietnam and Afghanistan wars. His books are To Reason Why: The Debate About the Causes of American Involvement in the Vietnam War (1990), long a standard supplemental reader in history classes; Nixon's Vietnam War (1998), which was a History Book Club selection, received the Robert Ferrell Book Prize and the Ohio Academy of History Book Award, and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and The Vietnam War Files: Uncovering the Secret History of Nixon-era Strategy (2004), which won the Arthur Link/Warren Kuehl Prize and has also been published in Vietnam. Two of his articles on the War of 1812 have also won awards. His latest book, with co-author William Burr, is Nixon's Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War (2015).
(Studies Nixon's role in the war, including his advocacy o...)1998
(In their initial effort to end the Vietnam War, Richard N...)2015
(Why did America become involved in the quagmire of Vietna...)1989
Quotations: “My motivation: to understand the what, when, who, why, and how of history and to communicate my findings through books, articles, and classroom teaching. I believe in historical empiricism, in education, and in informed citizenship. I am particularly interested in identifying misconceptions or myths and trying to get at the truth, historically, that is."
Jeffrey Kimball is a member of the Peace History Society (secretary-treasurer, 1990-1993; president, 1993-1995), Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Historical Society, Ohio Academy of History.
Quotes from others about the person
"Kimball explains, as no historian has before, how Nixon and Kissinger conducted their complicated and devious Vietnam War diplomacy. Making brilliant use of new documentary sources and interviews from the American as well as the North Vietnamese side, he has made a singular contribution to our understanding of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and, even more important, to our understanding of that most fascinating of presidents, Richard M. Nixon." - Melvin Small, author of Johnson, Nixon, and the Doves.
"My writing process: Read ‘everything’ on the subject, identify the issues and unknowns, carry out primary research (especially in archives when possible or necessary), and begin writing; i.e., make a rough outline, sit at a computer, and start writing. Then a new and more intense ‘dialogue’ or interaction begins as I try to reconstruct history in relation to the sources. And during all this: try to see the forest from the trees; i.e., I try to see the big picture and not get lost in the details."
"What inspired me to write on the subjects I have chosen? Concerning my current interest, the U.S.- Vietnam War, it is an event in a period in history that I believe was crucial to U.S. and global history and which influenced my life."
Jeffrey P. Kimball married a peace activist Linda Ann Musmeci Kimball, on August 31, 1963. They have two children: Daryl G., Leslie A. Kimball.