Ronald E. Powaski
Ronald Powaski wearing a hat and flannel outdoors. He is smiling at the camera.
Dr. Ronald Powaski (1943-2019)
Born(1943-06-15)June 15, 1943
DiedNovember 2019 (2019-12) (aged 76)
Academic background
EducationJohn Carroll University
Case Western Reserve University
ThesisGreat Britain and the Manchurian crisis, 1931-1933 (1972)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineAmerican historian, 20th-century foreign policy

Ronald E. Powaski (June 15, 1943 – November 2019)[1] was an American historian and teacher. He taught American history in high schools and colleges in Ohio and wrote on the 20th century foreign policies of the United States and Europe.

Ronald E. Powaski wrote a book on the blitzkrieg campaign of the German military in World War II.


Early life and education

Ronald Powaski graduated from Cathedral Latin High School in 1960. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history from John Carroll University in 1964 and 1966 and his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1972 with a dissertation entitled "Great Britain and the Manchurian crisis, 1931-1933".[2]


Powaski taught history at Euclid Senior High School in Euclid, Ohio.[3][4] He also taught at Cleveland State University, John Carroll University,[4] and Ashland University.

Cover of March to Armageddon

In 1989 he published March to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1939 to the Present.[5] In the next two decades, he published 11 books covering the nuclear arms race, the creation of NATO, World War II, presidential statecraft, and presidential foreign policies.[5][6]




  1. ^ "Dr. Ronald E. Powaski Ph.D. [Obituary]". The Cleveland Plain Dealer. 17 November 2019.
  2. ^ Powaski, Ronald Edward (1972). Great Britain and the Manchurian crisis, 1931-1933 (PhD). Case Western Reserve University.
  3. ^ Levy (1999, p. 502): Levy, Peter B., ed. (1999). 100 Key Documents in American Democracy (Paperback). Praeger. ISBN 0275965252.
  4. ^ a b Powaski, Ronald E. (2003). Return to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1981-1999. Oxford University Press. p. 303. ISBN 978-0-19-516098-7.
  5. ^ a b Ostrower, Gary B. (October 1988). "Book Review: March to Armageddon: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race, 1939 to the Present". Armed Forces & Society. 15 (1): 154–156. doi:10.1177/0095327X8801500122. S2CID 143108269.
  6. ^ Eden, Douglas (September 1995). "The Entangling Alliance: The United States and European Security, 1950–1993. By Ronald E. Powaski". The Journal of American History (review). 82 (2). Oxford University Press: 829. doi:10.2307/2082382. JSTOR 2082382.