Dr Peter Schrijvers

Senior Lecturer
MA (Modern History) Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; PhD (US Diplomatic and Military History) Ohio State University at Columbus, USA
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 3668
Room 358, Morven Brown


Fields: History: North American
Tags: Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology


Those Who Hold Bastogne: Inside the Biggest Battle of the Bulge. Yale University Press. To be published 2014.

The Margraten Boys: How a European Village Kept America's Liberators Alive. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. (Translated in Dutch.)

Bloody Pacific: American Soldiers at War with Japan. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. New and revised edition of The GI War against Japan. (Translated in Dutch.)

Liberators: The Allies and Belgian Society, 1944-1945. Cambridge University Press, 2009. (Translated in Dutch.)

The Unknown Dead: Civilians in the Battle of the Bulge. University Press of Kentucky, 2005. (Translated in Dutch.)

The GI War against Japan: American Soldiers in Asia and the Pacific during World War II. New York University Press, 2002. (Translated in Dutch.)

The Crash of Ruin: American Combat Soldiers in Europe during World War II. New York University Press, 1998. (Translated in Dutch.)


Book Chapters

Schrijvers P. 2014. 'War against Evil: The Second World War.', in Heroism and the Changing Character of War: Toward Post-Heroic Warfare? Palgrave Macmillan, 76-92

Schrijvers P, 2010, 'Introduction', in Bloody Pacific: American Soldiers at War with Japan, edn. 2nd, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. i - iv

Schrijvers P, 2007, 'Foreword', in Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe during World War II, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and Basingstoke, pp. xxvii - xxxi


Journal articles

Schrijvers P, 2012, ''A Modern Liberation': Belgium and the Start of the American Century, 1944-1946', European Journal of American Studies, http://ejas.revues.org/9695

Schrijvers P, 2006, 'Review: Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East', The Australiasian Journal of American Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 131 - 133


ARTS2150: Modern United States History
ARTS3276: The United States and the Middle East
ARTS3278: The United States: War, Culture, and Society


In the past Dr. Schrijvers has taught at universities in Leuven and Brussels in Belgium and at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland.

Honours and prizes

Winner, Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award for The GI War against Japan (USA)

Selected book, History Book Club for The Unknown Dead (USA)

Nomination, Eureka Prize, Organization for Scientific Research (The Netherlands) for The Unknown Dead

Grant received, Belgian Fulbright Program

Grant received, US Army Military History Institute

Grant received, Swiss National Science Foundation

Grant received, Australian Research Council

Other information

PhD student supervision
Prospective Doctoral candidates interested in my areas of research should approach the Postgraduate coordinator, or contact me by email.

Honours student supervision
Prospective Honours candidates interested in my areas of research should approach the Honours coordinator for the discipline of History.