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Joseph Arthur Rothschild (April 5, 1931 at Fulda, Germany – January 30, 2000 at New York City) was an American professor of history and political science at Columbia University, specializing in Central European and Eastern European history.[1]

Rothschild was a member of the Academy of Political Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Phi Beta Kappa and American Professors for Peace in the Middle East (of which he was the national vice chairman in the years 1975-1990). From 1985 he was also a member of the Commission on International Affairs for the American Jewish Congress.

He served on the editorial boards of the Middle East Review and the Political Science Quarterly.


  • The Communist Party of Bulgaria. New York: Columbia University Press. 1959. Retrieved September 6, 2018 – via HathiTrust Digital Library.
  • Pilsudski's Coup D'État (1966)
  • East Central Europe Between the Two World Wars (1974)
  • Ethnopolitics: A Conceptual Framework (1979)
  • Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II (1994)


  1. ^ "Joseph A. Rothschild, 68, History Professor". The New York Times. January 31, 2000. Retrieved September 6, 2018.