Tarver Explores WWI Foreign Relations in New Book

Dr. Micheal Tarver

Arkansas Tech University faculty member Dr. H. Micheal Tarver’s ninth book demonstrates how the United States worked with the Venezuelan government to prevent World War I from spreading to the Americas.

“The United States and Venezuela During the First World War: Cordial Relations of Suspicious Cooperation” was published by Lexington Books in August.

It is the fifth book on Venezuelan history that Tarver has produced. The project was supported in part by a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and a subsequent Gilder Lehrman Fellowship.

“What really sets this book apart is its engagement with world history on a more thorough level than is typical of the traditional area studies approach in our field,” said Dr. Richard Warner, former president of the World History Association and professor of history at Wabash College, in reviewing the work. “Thus, Tarver’s work is on the cutting edge of the increasing interest shown by Latin American historians in a broader global narrative, which will without doubt exert a powerful influence on world historiography more generally.”

Tarver is professor of history at Arkansas Tech and has served on the ATU faculty since 2002.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Bowling Green State University.

Head of the ATU Department of History and Political Science from 2002-09 and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities from 2010-13, Tarver has been engaged in full-time classroom teaching over the past eight years.

Tarver received the J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the U.S. Department of State during the 1998-99 academic year, the Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award from the U.S. Department of State in 2001, the Fellowship Award from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History in 2001, the Special Humanities Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 2002, the Faculty Award of Excellence in the scholarship category from ATU in 2007 and the Fulbright-Hayes Award from the U.S. Department of Education in 2008.

He is editor-in-chief of the World History Association’s World History Bulletin and is chairman of the Arkansas History Commission.

This is the 22nd consecutive year that members of the ATU history and political science faculty have published one or more books.

Learn more about “The United States and Venezuela During the First World War: Cordial Relations of Suspicious Cooperation” at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498511094/The-United-States-and-Venezuela-during-the-First-World-War-Cordial-Relations-of-Suspicious-Cooperation.

Learn more about the ATU Department of History and Political Science at www.atu.edu/history.