About

Dr. Thomas L. Sakmyster is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Cincinnati in 20th-Century international relations, foreign policy and Hungary.

Dr. Sakmyster was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in 1943. He received a BA in History and German from Dartmouth College in 1965. He received an MA in History from Indiana University in 1967. He received a PhD in History also from Indiana University in 1971, where he wrote his dissertation on Hungary and the Coming of the European Crisis, 1937-1938.

Dr. Sakmyster taught History at the University of Cincinnati for his whole career: assistant professor (1971–1976), associate professor (1976–1982), professor (1982–2005), and professor emeritus (2007-Present). He served as Walter Langsam Professor of European History as of 1995.

Courses he has taught include: European Civilization, History of Eastern Europe, European Diplomatic History, Colloquium on Film and History, Film and the History of World War II, Honors Special Topics Course: Hitler and Stalin,  World War II in Europe, Film and History, European History, and Literature of Modem Europe.

Books include:

Articles include:

  • “The Hungarian State Visit to German~of August, 1938: Some New Evidence on Hungary in Hitler’s Pre-Munich Policy,” Canadian Slavic Studies, 3, no. 4 (1969), pp. 677-91
  • “History and Films of East Europe,” Film and History, 3, no. 3 (1973), pp. 20-33 “Hungary and the Munich Crisis: The Revisionist Dilemma,” Slavic Review, 32, no. 4 (1973), pp. 725-40
  • “Army Officers and Foreign Policy in Interwar Hungary, 1918-1941,” Journal of Contemporary History, 10, no. 1(1975), pp. 19-40
  • “Miklos Horthy, Hungary, and the Coming of the European Crisis, 1918-1941,” East Central Europe, 3, no. 2 (1976), pp. 220-32
  • “Istvan Bethlen and Hungarian Foreign Policy, 1921-1931,” Canadian-American Review of Hungarian Studies, 5, no. 2 (1978), pp. 3-16
  • “The Great Powers and the Magyar Minorities of Interwar Europe,” Nationalities Papers, 8, no. 1 (1980), pp. 20-28 I
  • “Great Britain and the Making of the lireaty of Trianon,” in Total War and Peacemaking, ed. Bela Kiraly (New York: Columbia University Press, 1982), pp. 107-29
  • “From Habsburg Admiral to Hungarian Regent: The Political Metamorphosis of Miklos Horthy,1918-1921,” East European Quarterly, 17, no. 2 (1983), pp. 129-48
  • “The Search for a Casus Belli and the Origins of the Kassa Bombing,” Hungarian Studies Review, 10, no. 1 (1983), pp. 53-65
  • “A Hungarian Diplomat in Nazi Berlin: Dome Sztojay,” in Hungarian History/World History, ed. Gyorgy Ranki (Budapest: Akademiai Kiado, 1985), pp. 295-305
  • “Magyar katonatisztek es Kassa bombfizasa” (Hungarian Military Officers and the Bombing of Kassa), Törtenelmi Szemle, no. 2 (1985), 368,373.
  • “Mikl6s Horthy (18.68-1957),” in Paul Body (ed.), Hungarian Statesmen of Destiny (Highland Lakes, N.J.: Atlantic Research, (1989), 97-120.
  • “Film and East European History,” AAASS Newsletter, Sept., 1991, p. 20.
  • “Miklos Horthy and the Jews of Hungary,” in Labyrinth of Nationalism. Complexities of Diplomacy. Essays in Honor of Charles and Barbara Jelavich (Columbus: Slavica, 1992), 121-42
  • “Great Britain and the Establishment of the Horthy Regime,” in East Europe and the West (London: St. Martin’s, 1992), pp. 71-80
  • “The Cinema of Intimidation: Nazi German War Documentaries, 1940-1941,” in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, no. 4, 1996,485-514
  • “Miklos Horthy and the Allies, 1945-1946,” Hungarian Studies Review, 23, no. 1 (Spring, 1997), 67-79
  • “A Hungarian in the Comintern: József Pogány/John Pepper,” in Agents of the Revolution. New Biographical Approaches to the History of International Communism (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004), pp. 220-245
  • “A Communist Newspaper for Hungarian-Americans: The Strange World of the Uj Elore.” Hungarian Studies Review, 32, no. 1-2 (2005). 40-52
  • “Gyula Gömbös and Hungarian Jews, 1918-1936,” Hungarian Studies Review, Vol. 33, nos. 1-2, 157-68
  • “Sandor Goldberger/J. Peters es az amerikai kommunista mozagalom” (Sandor Goldberger/J. Peers and the American Communist Movement), Századok, Vol. 141, no. 1 (2007), pp. 185-202
  • “The ‘Lautner Affair’ and the American Communist Party,” American Communist History, Vol. 6, no. 3 (December, 2010), 257-91
  • “A Time of Tribulation for the White Water Shakers: The Child Molestation Trial of 1840,” American Communal Societies Quarterly, Vol. 5, no. 4 (October, 2011), 204-223
  • “A Visit to the Shaker Village of White Water in 1881,” Communal Societies, 32, no. 1 (2012), 57-81
  • “Lunacy and Dissent Among the Shakers,” American Communal Societies Quarterly, Col. 8, no. 2 (April, 2014), 67-93

Within the University of Cincinnati, he has served as:

  • Member of University Athletics Committee (1976-1979)
  • Member of A&S College Honors Council (1976-1980)
  • Member of Committee to Establish Honors Special Topics Courses (1976)
  • Member of Grant Review Committee of University Research Council (1980-81)
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, 1984-1989
  • Director, Russian and East European Studies Program, University of Cincinnati (1986-Present)
  • Member of University Research Council (1989-1990)
  • Member of Taft Faculty Board (1992-1994)
  • Chair, Taft Publications Committee (1993-1994)
  • Representative of University of Cincinnati to the International Relations and Exchanges Program (IREX) (1994-Present)
  • Member, Steering Committee of the University Graduate Minorities Program
  • Acting Head, Department of History (1998, 2000)

Outside the University of Cincinnati, he has served as:

  • Managing Editor: Hungary, for the journal East Central Europe (1972-1977)
  • Secretary, American Association for the Study of Hungarian History (1973-1975)
  • Consultant for Rutgers University Press (1974)
  • Textbook Reviewer for Scott, Foresman, and Company (1976)
  • President, American Association for the Study of Hungarian History (1978-1979, 1986-1989,1998-2000)
  • Program Chairman, Midwest Slavic Conference (1980)
  • Member, Program Committee, Ohio Academy of History (1981)
  • Consultant for Columbia University Press (1983)
  • Consultant for Indiana University Press (1985)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Hungarian Studies Review (1989- Present)
  • Member of Executive Committee, Association for the Study of Hungarian History (1993-95)
  • Reader for the Advanced Placement examination in Modem European History, Trinity College (June 1994)
  • Associate Editor (entries on Hungary and film) for the Encyclopedia of Modern East Europe, History
  • Consultant on tenure decision,  University of Washington (Fall 1994)
  • Consultant on promotion decision at University of Arizona (Fall 1995)
  • Consultant on promotion decision at  University of Vermont (Fall 1997)
  • Member, Council of Member Institutions, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (1994-1997)
  • Member, Fellowship Review Committee, IREX Fellowship Program on Central and Eastern Europe (1997-1999, chair 1999)
  • Consultant on tenure decision at University of Florida (Summer 2000)
  • Organizer and Chair of Program Committee, Biennial Meeting of IAMHIST (The International Association for Media and History) in Cincinnati (2005)

He has been a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Historical Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
  • American Association for the Study of Hungarian History
  • Film and History Conference Group
  • IAMHIST (International Association for the Study of Media and History)
  • Friends of White Water Shaker Village
  • Communal Societies Association

He has received the following fellowships, grants, and honors:

  • Foreign Area Fellowship (1969, 1970)
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1975)
  • Article Prize of the American Association for the Study of Hungarian History (1975)
  • University of Cincinnati Teaching Council Grant (1976)
  • University of Cincinnati Research Council Grant (1978)
  • Taft Foundation Research Grants (1973, 1975, 1980, 1993)
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1985)
  • Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (1992)
  • Book Prize of the American Association for Study of Hungarian History (1995)
  • Distinguished Achievement Award from University of Cincinnati (1995)
  • Walter Langsam Professor of European History at the University of Cincinnati (1995)
  • Awarded Rieveschl Prize for Scholarly Achievement – University of Cincinnati (2000)
  • Fellow of the Graduate School – University of Cincinnati (2001)

Lectures and panel presentations include:

  • A paper entitled “Miklos Horthy, Hungary, and the Coming of the European Crisis,” at the American Historical Association meeting of December, 1975
  • A paper entitled “The Political Metamorphosis of Admiral Miklos Horthy, 1918-1921,” University of Cincinnati History Department Faculty Seminar, May, 1976
  • A lecture entitled “Hungary in Revolt: 1956” at the College of Humanities, Ohio State University, October, 1976
  • A paper entitled “The Great Powers and the Magyar Minorities of Interwar Europe” at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, October, 1978
  • A paper entitled “A Hungarian Diplomat in Nazi Berlin: Dome Sztojay” at the Pacific Coast Branch meeting of the American Historical Association, August, 1979
  • Comment on a session entitled “The Armies of Danubian Europe on the Eve of World War II” at the Southern Slavic Association meeting of October, 1979
  • A paper entitled “Kalman Kanya” (as part of a panel devoted to foreign ministers of interwar Eastern Europe) at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, October, 1979
  • Chairman of a session entitled “Functional Myth in East European History” at the American Historical Association meeting of December, 1979
  • Paper on “Dome Sztojay” contributed to a symposium on “Hungary and the Third Reich” at the First International Conference on Hungarian History, May, 1981
  • Lectures on “Admiral Miklos Horthy” and “Hungary and the Third Reich” delivered at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto, October, 1981
  • A paper entitled” Admiral Miklos Horthy and the Jews of Hungary” at a University of Cincinnati Faculty Seminar, May, 1982
  • A paper entitled “Hungarian Military Officers and the Bombing of Kassa” at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, October, 1982
  • A paper entitled “Admiral Horthy and the Fate of Hungary’s Jews in World War II” at the Conference on Russian and East European Studies, New College, March, 1983
  • A lecture entitled” Admiral Horthy and Interwar Hungary” delivered at Indiana University, December, 1985
  • A paper entitled” Admiral Miklos Horthy: Hungary’s White General” at a conference on “War and Society in East Central Europe” at the Rockefeller Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, February, 1986
  • A paper entitled “The Image of Admiral Miklos Horthy in Marxist Historiography,” at the American Association for the Advance1llent of Slavic Studies meeting, November, 1986
  • Commentator at a panel entitled “Eastern Europe in 1938” at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, November, 1988
  • Organizer and Chair of a panel entitled “The Munich Crisis: A Retrospective after 50 Years” at the American Historical Association meeting, December, 1988
  • A paper entitled “Film in the History Classroom” at the meeting of the International Association for Audio-Visual Media in Historical Research, July, 1989
  • A paper entitled “Great Britain and the Establishment of the Horthy Regime” at the World Congress of Soviet and East European Studies, Harrogate, England, July, 1990
  • Organizer and chairman of a panel entitled “Women in 20th Century Hungarian History” at the American Association for the Advance1llent of Slavic Studies meeting, October, 1990
  • A paper entitled “Miklos Horthy and the Jews of Hungary” at the American Historical Association meeting, December, 1990
  • A paper entitled “The White Terror in Hungary, 1919-1920” at the American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch meeting, August, 1991
  • Discussant at a panel entitled “The East European Question and the Atlantic Democracies in World War II” at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, November, 1992
  • A paper entitled “The Cinema of Intimidation: German War Documentaries, 1939-1941,” at the biennial meeting of the International Association for the Study of Film and History, Amsterdam, Holland, July, 1993
  • A lecture entitled “Miklos Horthy in Hungarian and European History: A Reassessment,” at Indiana University, April, 1996
  • A paper entitled “The Hungarian Mafia in the Comintern,” at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, October, 1997
  • A paper entitled “Gyula Gombos, the Jews, and the Remaking of Hungary, 1918-1936,” at the American Historical Association meeting, January, 1997
  • A paper entitled “Gyula Gombos, Anti-Semitism, and the Jews of Hungary” at the AACPCS International Congress on Communist and Post-Communist Societies, in Melbourne, Australia, July, 1998
  • A lecture entitled “Miklos Horthy and the Jews of Hungary” at the Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney, Australia, July, 1998
  • Commentator on a session entitled “New Research on Interwar Hungary” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boca Raton, Florida, September, 1998
  • A paper entitled “The Hungarian Christopher Columbus: John Pepper and the American Communist Movement” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, St. Louis, MO, November, 1999
  • Chair and commentator at a session entitled “Hollywood and Hungary” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, St. Louis, MO, March, 2000
  • A paper entitled “Miklos Horthy in European and Hungarian History: A Reassessment,” at the VI World Congress of Russian and East European Studies, Tampere, Finland, July, 2000.
  • Commentator at a session entitled “Hungary and Poland: The Historical Relationship” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Denver, CO, November, 2000
  • A paper entitled “Hungarians in the Comintern” at a conference devoted to “A Prosopography of the Comintern” at the University of Manchester, April, 2001
  • Commentator at a session entitled “Jewish Identity in the Modern Hungarian Cinema” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C., November, 2001
  • A paper entitlted “A Communist Newspaper for Hungarian-Americans: The Strange World of the Uj Elöre” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington, D.C., November, 2004
  • Participant in a roundtable on “Teaching Film and History” at the biennial meeting of IAMHIST in Cincinnati in July, 2005.
  • A paper entitled “Sandor Goldberger/J.Peters and the American Communist Movement,” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Denver, CO, November, 2005.
  • A paper entitled “Hungarian-American Communists and the Rajk Trial” at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston, MA, November, 2009.
  • A paper entitled “A Time of Tribulation for the White Water Shakers: The Child Molestation Trial of 1840,” annual conference of the Communal Societies Association, South Union Shaker Village, September, 2011.
  • A paper entitled “Hungarian Communists and the American Communist Party” at the annual of conference of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Washington, D.C., November, 2011.
  • A paper entitled “Mothers and Daughters at White Water Shaker Village,” at the conference of the Communal Societies Association, Oneida, N. Y, October, 2012.
  • A paper entitled “Lunacy and Dissent Among the Shakers,” at the 2013 Shaker Seminar, Hancock Shaker Village, July, 2013.
  • A talk entitled “Hungarian-Americans and Radical Left-Wing Movements” at an NEH Institute, Columbia University, June, 2014
  • A talk entitled “The Last Shaker Apostate: Augustus Wager and Union Village, Ohio,” at the 2015 Shaker Seminar, at Sienna College, July, 2015.
  • A paper entitled “The Last Shaker Apostate,” at the conference of the Communal Societies Association, Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, October, 2015.

Book reviews include:

  • Maria Ormos, Franciaorszag es a keleti biztonsag, 1931-1936 (France and Eastern Security, 1931-36), in American Historical Review, April, 1972
  • Gyula Juhasz, Magyarorszag kiilpolitikaja, 1919-1945 (Hungary’s Foreign Policy, 1919-1945) in East European Quarterly, September, 1972
  • Mario Fenyo, Hitler, Horthy and Hungary. German-Hungarian Relations, 1919-1944 in American Historical Review, October, 1973
  • Miklos Szinai (ed.), Bethlen Istvan titkos iratai (Secret Papers of Istvan Bethlen) in Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Spiling, 1974
  • Peter Gosztony, Nikolaus von Horthy. Admiral und Reichsverweser, in East Central Europe, Part 2, 1976 II
  • Paul Monaco, Cinema and Society. France and Germany during the Twenties in American Historical Review, February, 1977
  • Tamas Zala, Az ujvilag probatetele. Tarsadalomrajz a szazadfordulo Amerikabol (Ordeal of the New World. A Sketch of American Society at the Turn of the Century) in Journal of American History, December, 1977
  • Randolph Braham, The Hungarian Labor Service System in American Historical Review, October, 1978
  • Aladar Komjathy, The Crises of France’s East Central European Diplomacy, 1933-1938 in East Central Europe, Part 1, 1979
  • Gyula Juhasz, Hungarian Foreign Policy, 1918-1945 in Slavic Review, Spring, 1982
  • Tibor Hajdu, The Hungarian Soviet Republic in Austrian History Yearbook, 1981-82
  • Julian Borsanyi, Das Rättsel des Bombenangriffs auf Kaschau in Hungarian Studies Review, Part 2, 1983
  • Charles Wojatsek, From Trianon to the, First Vienna Arbitral Award. The Hungarian Minority in the First Czechoslovak Republic, 1918~1938 in Canadian Review for the Study of Nationalism, 1983
  • Marilyn Hitchens, Germany, Russia, and the Balkans: Prelude to the Nazi-Soviet
  • Non-Aggression Pact in Slavic Review, Fall, 1984
  • Gyorgy Ranki, Economy and Foreign policy. The Struggle of the Great Powers for Hegemony in the Danube Valley, 1919-1939 in Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue Canadienne des Slavistes, December, 1984
  • Gyula Juhasz (ed.), Diplomaciai iratok Magyarorszag kUlpolitikaja a nyugati hadjaratt61 a Szovjetunio megtamadasaig, 1940-1941 (Diplomatic Documents on Hungary’s Foreign Policy from the Western Campaign to the Attack on the Soviet Union) in Slavic Review, Spring, 1985
  • Stephen Kertesz, Between Russia and the West: Hungary and the Illusions of Peacemaking, 1945-1947 in Slavic Review, Winter, 1985.
  • Gabor Vermes, Istvan Tisza. The Liberal Vision and Conservative Statecraft of a Magyar Nationalist in American Historical Review, Spring, 1987.
  • Count Istvan Bethlen, Hungarian Politics during World War Two in Hungarian Studies Review, in Hungarian Studies Review, Spring, 1988.
  • Stephen Borsody, The Hungarians. A Divided Country in Slavic Review, Fall, 1990.
  • Jorg Hoensch, A History of Modern Hungary, 1867-1986, in Hungarian Studies, 6, no. 1 (1990)
  • Anna M. Drabek et al., Das Parteiwesen Osterreichs und Ungarns in der Zwischenkriegszeit, in Austrian History Yearbook (1992)
  • Ignac Romsics, Bethlen Istvan. Politikai eletrajza, in Slavic Review, Fall, 1992
  • Richard Barsam, Non-Fiction Film: Ai Critical History, Professional and University Activates, in Historical Journal of Film., Radio, and Television, no. 1 (1994)
  • Magda Adam, The Little Entente and Europe (1920-1929), in American Historical Review, April, 1994.
  • Eva Marie Csaky, ed. Vom Gutachtetel1l rom Geachteten. Erinnerungen des k. undo k. ungarischen Aussenministers Emerich Csaky (1882-1961) in Austrian History Yearbook, 1995, 300-301
  • Robert Fyne, The Hollywood Propaganda of World War II in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, 1995,447-48.
  • Andrew Handler. A Man for All Connections. Raoul Wallenberg and the Hungarian State Apparatus, 1944-1945, electronic review on the Habsburg Net, July, 1996.
  • Brian Winston Claiming the Real. The Documentary Film Revisited, in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, 1996, 448~450.
  • Aniko Kovacs-Bertrand, Der ungarisctle Revisionismus nach dem ersten Weltkrieg,
  • American Historical Review, 1998, 1218-79.
  • Peter Haslinger, Hundert Jahre Nachbarschaft. Die Beziehungen zwischen Osterreich und Ungarn, 1895-1994, Austrian History Yearbook, 1998, pp. 289-290.
  • Ignac Romsics, Geopolitics in the Danube Region: Hungarian Reconciliation Efforts, 1848-1998, Slavic Review, Spring, 2000, pp. 201-203.
  • Ignac Romsics, The Dismantling of Historic Hungary: The Peace Treaty of Trianon, 1920, International History Review, (Mar., 2004), Vol. 26 Issue 1, pp. 177-179.
  • Tibor Frank, Discussing Hitler: Advisers of U.S. Diplomacy in Central Europe, 1934-1941, in Austrian History Yearbook, 2005, p. 262.
  • “Hungary’s Darkest Days (1939-1945) Revisited,” a review essay of Deborah Cornelius, Hungary in World War II. Caught in the Cauldron, in Hungarian Studies Review, Vol. 39, nos. 102 (2012), 113-20.
  • Attila Kolontári, Hungarian-Soviet Relations, 1920-1941, in Slavic Review, Vol. 71, no. 3 (Fall, 2012), 677-78.
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  4. Richard W. Montague

    I am seeking the e-mail address for professor thomas l. sakmyster, professor emeritus of history at the University of Cincinnati. i wish to correspond with prof. sakmyster regarding diplomats of the royal hungarian legation in berlin early 1940s

  5. I actually have a question. I have tried without success to find a website where I can purchase a copy of Professor Sakmyster’s book Hungary’s Admiral on Horseback: Miklos Horthy, 1918-1944, in English. The book is great ,and has been (and will be) very valuable to me in my Graduate research on Horthy, and I’d very much like to be able to have my own copy. So I was wondering is Professor Sakmyster happened to have a spare copy I could purchase (or if he knew of somewhere I could find a copy.)

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