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David R. Dorondo - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

David R. Dorondo

Professor | Western Carolina University


David R. Dorondo's research interests include the history of the European cavalry and the military horse.




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Western Wednesdays | War in Ukraine ft. David Dorondo NATO expansion amid Ukraine crisis


War in Ukraine ft. David Dorondo



David R. Dorondo earned his bachelor's degree cum laude in history from Armstrong State College in 1980 and his master's in German and European diplomatic history from the University of South Carolina in 1984. From 1984 to 1987, he was a resident member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford and was admitted to the degree of D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1988. While there, Dorondo also earned a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship to attend the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in the Federal Republic of Germany for the academic year 1985-1986, having already spent the year 1981-1982 at the same institution. Author of "Bavaria and German Federalism: Reich to Republic – 1918-1933, 1945-1949" and "Riders of the Apocalypse: German Cavalry and Modern Warfare, 1870-1945," Dorondo has also published numerous articles, reviews and encyclopedia entries on German and modern European military history, most notably in "Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990"; "Air Warfare: An International Encyclopedia"; "Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia"; and the "Encyclopedia of the Korean War." His current work includes, but is not limited to, a translation-in-progress of Schlachtfeld Fulda Gap: Strategien und Operationspläne der Bündnisse im Kalten Krieg (Battlefield Fulda Gap: Strategies and Operational Plans of the Military Alliances in the Cold War; Parzellers Buchverlag, 2014). Expected completion-date is 1 June 2017. He is a member of the Society for Military History and the United States Cavalry Association and sits on both the Program and Brewster Award Committees of the North Carolina Association of Historians.

Industry Expertise (3)



Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (5)

European Diplomatic History

Military Horse

European Cavalry


Modern European History

Education (3)

University of Oxford: D.Phil., Modern European History (German specialization) 1987

University of South Carolina: M.A., Modern European History and European Diplomatic History 1984

Armstrong Atlantic State University: B.A., History 1980

Affiliations (3)

  • Society for Military History : Member
  • United States Cavalry Association : Member
  • North Carolina Association of Historians : Program and Brewster Award Committees Member

Languages (2)

  • English
  • German

Media Appearances (6)

NATO consultant: Ukrainian resistance has been remarkable

Queen City News  online


Western Carolina University associate professor of history and NATO consultant explains how the distribution of weapons and tanks helps the U.S. in its effort to push back Russian forces from Ukraine.

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The messiest story you can have: A Western perspective on the war in Ukraine

Smoky Mountain News  online


That’s not only disrupting the flow of energy from Russia, it’s also disrupting the flow of billions of dollars a day into Russia, says Dr. David Dorondo, an associate professor of history at Western Carolina University for the past 35 years.

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Western Carolina University historian weighs in on Russia-Ukraine crisis

WLOS  online


A historian at Western Carolina University is watching developments in the Russia-Ukraine crisis carefully along with his students. David Dorondo is a member of a NATO Energy-Security Research Task Group.

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David Dorondo participates in NATO hybrid warfare research

WCU Stories  online


David Dorondo, an associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, has found himself lately a part of espionage, international diplomacy and a shadow world of geopolitical intrigue.

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WCU associate professor talks about war in Ukraine

Spectrum News 1  online


Dr. David Dorondo spoke with Spectrum News 1 about the war in Ukraine. Dorondo is an associate professor with the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University. He also currently works as an historian on a NATO Science and Technology Organization Research Team.

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Dave Dorondo and class share more than an interest in developing Russia-Ukraine crisis

WCU Stories  online


David Dorondo, an associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, is watching the escalating tension between Ukraine and Russia with two perspectives. So are his students.

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Articles (2)

Assessment of Possible Reactions in German-Speaking and East Central Europe and the European Union (GS-ECE/EU) to Possible Strategic Outcomes in U.S.-DPRK Relations

Defense Technical Information Cente

2018 The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea DPRK does not currently constitute a strategic threat via inter-continental ballistic missiles ICBMs to German-Speaking and East Central Europe GS-ECE, to the States of the European Union EU, or to non-EU European States.

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Chinese Strategic Intentions: A Deep Dive into China's Worldwide Activities

Defense Technical Information Cente

2019 This white paper was prepared in support of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment, entitled The Future of Global Competition and Conflict. This effort examines Chinas domestic and international activities in order to assess the future of China and what types of challenges these activities are likely to present.

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