Dirk Bonker

Associate Professor in the Department of History

External Address: 
208 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-3930

I am a historian of the United States and Germany, who focuses on questions of militarism, warfare, and empire in the long twentieth century. In my work, I also address larger questions about how best to "globalize" and "internationalize" U.S and German histories in the modern age.


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 2002

Bonker, D. "Power, Law and the End of Privateering by Jan Martin Lemnitzer." American Historical Review 120 (2015): 580-581.

Boenker, D. "Maritime Industry in Germany: Shipping-Shipyards-Trade-Naval Power in the19th and 20th Century." GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW 37.3 (October 2014): 669-670.

Bonker, D. "Josephus Daniels: His Life and Time by Lee Craig." Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 13.3 (July 2014): 458-460. Full Text

Boenker, D. "A Duel of Nations: Germany, France, and the Diplomacy of the War of 1870-1871." GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW 36.3 (October 2013): 698-700.


Bonker, D. "Violence: A Modern Obsession." JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY 89.2 (June 2017): 400-401. Full Text

Bönker, D. "Review: William N. Still, Crisis at Sea: The US Navy in European Waters in World War I." European History Quarterly 40.2 (January 1, 2010): 375-376. (Review) Full Text

Bonker, D. "Military History, Militarization, and the "American Century"." Zeithistorische Forschungen 2.1 (March 2005): 105-109. (Academic Article)

Bonker, D. "Admiration, Enmity, and Cooperation: U.S. Navalism and the British and German Empires before the Great War." Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 2 (March 2001). (Academic Article)

Bonker, D. "Preparedness." Ed. EJ Blum. 1 & 2 (2016): Volume II: 847-851.

Bonker, D. "Naval Race between Germany and Great Britain, 1898-1912." Ed. U Daniel, P Gatrell, O Janz, H Jones, J Keene, A Kramer, and B Nasson. (January 11, 2015).

Bonker, D. "Ein German Way of War? Deutscher Militarismus und maritime Kriegführung im Ersten Weltkrieg." Ed. S-O Müller and C Torp. (April 12, 2011): 308-322.

Bonker, D. "Naval professionalism and the state in turn-of-the-century Germany and America." NEW INTERPRETATIONS IN NAVAL HISTORY (1998): 111-138.