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John Brobst

John Brobst, porfile
Associate Professor
Bentley Annex 447


  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. in History and Geography from the University of Kansas


  • British Empire
  • Geopolitics
  • Intelligence History
  • Naval History
  • UK-US Relations


  • The Future of the Great Game: Sir Olaf Caroe, India’s Independence, and the Defense of Asia (University of Akron Press, 2005).
  • “‘No Scope for Arms Control’: Strategy, Geography, and Naval Limitations in the Indian Ocean in the 1970s,” in Strategy and the Sea:  Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf edited by N. A. M. Rodger, J. Ross Dancy, Benjamin Darnell, and Evan Wilson (Boydell and Brewer, 2016).
  • “Great Game Redux: The United States, Europe, and Gulf Security in the Late Cold War,” in European-American Relations in the Middle East:  From Suez to Iraq edited by Daniel Möckli and Victor Mauer (Routledge, 2011).
  • Additional articles, essays, and reviews include contributions to Middle Eastern Studies, Geopolitics, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Orbis, and The Journal of Military History among other journals and edited compilations.
  • Current book project examines great power competition and maritime strategy in the Indian Ocean during the Cold War.


  • HIST 1220: Western Civilization:  Modernity since 1500
  • HIST 2790: Maritime Empires in World History
  • HIST 3330: Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power
  • HIST 3790: History of Sea Power since 1890
  • HIST 3792: Secret Intelligence: Great Game to Five Eyes
  • HIST 3865: Churchill’s Britain, 1870-1970
  • HIST 3868: Decline and Fall of the British Empire