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John Brobst

John Brobst

Associate Professor

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  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. in History and Geography from the University of Kansas


  • Europe; Modern Period
  • British Empire
  • Geopolitics; Naval History

Peter John Brobst is an associate professor of history at Ohio University, where he teaches courses on the British Empire, geopolitics, and naval history. He has written and spoken widely on contemporary issues of defense and foreign policy as well as historical problems of strategy and diplomacy. His research focuses on great power politics in Asia and the Middle East; sea power in the 20th and 21st centuries; the Anglo-American alliance; and the history of oil and energy security. He is currently working on a book about maritime strategy in the Indian Ocean during the Cold War.


  • The Future of the Great Game: Sir Olaf Caroe, India’s Independence, and the Defense of Asia (2005).
  • “‘No Scope for Arms Control’:  Strategy, Geography, and Naval Limitations in the Indian Ocean in the 1970s,” in Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf, edited by N. A. M. Rodger, J. Ross Dancy, Benjamin Darnell, and Evan Wilson (Woodbridge, Suffolk:  Boydell and Brewer, 2016), pp. 179-189.
  • Numerous other articles, essays, and reviews, including contributions to Middle Eastern Studies, Geopolitics, The Journal of Military History, Orbis, and H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews, among other journals and edited compilations.


  • HIST 1220: Western Civilization since 1500
  • HIST 3330: Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power
  • HIST 3866: Afghan Wars
  • HIST 3790: History of Sea Power (emphasizing the Indo-Pacific)
  • HIST 3791: Britain and the Contemporary World
  • HIST 3865: Churchill’s Britain
  • HIST 3867: British Empire in the 19th Century
  • HIST 3868: British Empire in the 20th Century
  • HIST 6903: Colloquium on British Imperialism since 1870
  • CH 6010: Introduction to Contemporary History
  • CH 6020: Themes and Issues in Contemporary History

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