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The Keith Nelson paper collection contains lecture notes, handouts, correspondence with students and colleagues, article drafts, newspapers clippings and journal articles used for lecture research, photos, as well as schedules and syllabuses. Keith Nelson (1932-2022) joined UCI in 1965 as one of the founding faculty of the Department of History and through out his career served the university in many capacities such as chair of the Humanities faculty, Associate Dean of Humanities for Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Humanities Core Course, Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Director of the Center for International Education, Director of UC's Education Abroad Program in Sweden and Denmark and Director of the Program In Religious Studies. His work explored American foreign relations, Cold War history, the socio/economic impact of war, and religious studies.In 2011 he was named UCI Emeritus Professor of the Year and in 2013 was awarded the University's Edward A. Dickson professorship for distinguished service and scholarship. In recognition of his numerous contributions to the campus, the campus established the Keith L. Nelson Graduate Fellowship (administered through the Global Peace and Conflict Studies Program) in 2014 as well as the annual Keith L. Nelson Lecture in U.S. International History (organized through the UCI History Department). Nelson authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited numerous historical studies. His publications include "The Impact of War on American Life: The Twentieth-Century Experience" (1971); "Victors Divided: America and the Allies In Germany, 1918-1923" (1975); "The Making of Détente: Soviet-American Relations in the Shadow of Vietnam" (1995); "Why War? Ideology, Theory, and History" (1979) (with Spencer Olin); and "Re-Viewing the Cold War" (2000) with UCI political scientist Patrick Morgan.
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