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Eric Rauchway

Eric Rauchway


Davis , CA 95616


Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis. 2005-present 
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis. 2001-2005 
University Lecturer, Faculty of Modern History, University of Oxford. 1998-2001 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Nevada, Reno. 1996-1998 
PhD in History, Stanford University. 1996 
AB, Cum Laude in History and with Distinction in All Subjects, Cornell University. 1991

Current research

Recent paper with Eric Helleiner and Kurt Schuler on Bretton Woods.

Video of a talk given at the Bretton Woods@70 conference, Central Bank of Austria.

A recent paper on Franklin Roosevelt's money policy, given at UC Berkeley.

I am currently writing a book titled The Money-Makers: The Invention of Prosperity, from the abandonment of the gold standard through the Bretton Woods agreements of 1944. I'm interested in how international and domestic politics made it possible, in the middle twentieth century, for governments to gain control of their money and with it, macroeconomic policy. 

My books

The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008. 

Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America. Hill & Wang, 2006. 

Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America. Hill & Wang, 2003. 

The Refuge of Affections: Family and American Reform Politics, 1900-1920. Columbia University Press, 2001.

Some courses I teach


  • 17B: Introduction to US History since 1865
  • 120: World War II
  • 174A: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • 174B: The US 1917-1945
  • 175: American Intellectual History
  • 188: America in the Sixties
  • 201L or 202H: Graduate seminar in modern US history
  • 204: Historiography

Research Interests:

United States: