Dr. John D. Treadway
Professor of History and International Studies, Emeritus

Professor Treadway teaches a wide range of courses in European history, including European Diplomatic History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Modern German history, German History in Cinema, the Modern Balkans, the Habsburg Empire and After, Europe in the Twentieth Century, Origins of World War I, the Holocaust, and the Cold War.

His first book, The Falcon and the Eagle: Montenegro and Austria-Hungary, 1908-1914, was nominated for the George Louis Beer Prize in Diplomatic history and has been translated into a Serbo-Croatian edition. He is currently working on a sequel, tentatively entitled The Strange Death of the Kingdom of Montenegro, as well as biographical studies of Kurd von Schlözer, the first German ambassador to the United States; and Jacob Billikopf, a distinguished former UR student, labor lawyer, and Jewish philanthropist and social worker.

Over the past twenty years Prof. Treadway has frequently served as a historical consultant for the US Departments of State and Defense, and as the on-site supervisor of the University’s summer study programs in Berlin, Germany, and Klagenfurt, Austria.

Grants and Fellowships
*  Fulbright Research Professor and Lecturer in Montenegro, 2011-12
*  Fulbright Research Professor in Yugoslavia, 1990
*  Fulbright Seminar on Contemporary Germany, 1985
*  Fellow, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002-2003
*  Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship, 1997
*  Wilson Center Fellowship, East European Program, 1989
Samuel Chiles Mitchell - Jacob Billikopf Professor in History (University of Richmond), 2004-2014
Omicron Delta Kappa Professor of the Year (University of Richmond), 2004
US Dept. of State, Foreign Service Institute, Distinguished Visiting Professor Award for 1996-1997 and 1998-1999
Distinguished Educator Award (University of Richmond), 1999, 1995, 1991, 1988, 1985
Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award (Virginia State Council of Higher Education), 1993
The Falcon and the Eagle: Montenegro and Austria-Hungary, 1908-1914 (Purdue University Press, 1983; reissued as paperback 1998); Serbo-Croatian edition: Soko i Orao (Podgorica, 2006).
The Soviet Union under Gorbachev: Assessing the First Year (co-edited with Arthur Gunlicks) (Praeger, 1987).
“Chernogoriya, Avstro-Vengriya i Rossiya pered pervoi mirovoi voinoi, 1908-1914,” in Rossiya i Balkany, Podgorica and Moscow, 2012/13.
“Reflections on US-Montenegrin Relations, 1905-1918,” Istorijski Zapisi 83, no. 3 (2010): 9-29.
“Engleski Crnogorac Aleksandar Divajn” (The ‘English’ Montenegrin Alexander Devine), Alexandria (Belgrade) 1, no. 7 (October-November 1998): 14-20.
“King Alexander’s Coup of January 6, 1929—The American Response,” Serbian Studies 6, no. 3 (Spring 1992): 5-20.
“Anglo-American Diplomacy and the Montenegrin Question, 1914-1924,” Occasional Papers, Woodrow Wilson Center, European Institute, East European Program, no. 26 (April 1991): 1-20.
“Germany in the American Media,” in Germany and the United States: Changing Perceptions/Danger and Hope, edited by Lore Amlinger (Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag, 1987): 277-9.
"Of Shatter Belts and Powder Kegs: A Brief Survey of Yugoslav History," in Crises in the Balkans: Views from the Participants, Constantine Danopoulos and Kosta Messas (eds.), Westview, 1997, pp. 19-45.
Audio Recordings
"Obama's 100 Tage," Radio report for "Politikum," Westdeutscher Rundfunk, (West German Radio); 29 April 2009.

Ph.D., University of Virginia
B.A., Florida State University
Contact Information
(804) 289-8343
(804) 287-1992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
European diplomatic history
Modern Balkans
Modern Germany
Hapsburg Monarchy
Interwar Europe