- Professor Emeritus
Research FieldsEurope, Modern European history, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, World Wars I and II, Czech & Slovak history, Italian history, transport history
Bruce Garver earned a Ph.D. in history in 1971 from Yale where he taught full-time until coming to UNO in 1976 to teach courses on "the Renaissance in Italy", "the Age of Enlightenment", "the Risorgimento ", "transport history", and "the two World Wars" . In eight semesters from 1982 to 1990, he also taught Czech immigrant history at the U. of Nebraska - Lincoln. He was an exchange-student in Prague for ten months in 1967 and returned to do research in 1971, in 1973, and eight times since 1989. During the fall of 1990, he taught American history in Czech at Charles University and in the fall of 1995 taught Czech history at Palacký University in Olomouc. He is the author of a book, The Young Czech Party, 1874-1901, and the Emergence of a Multi-Party System (Yale University Press, 1978), and many articles, book chapters, and reviews about modern Czechoslovak and Austro-Hungarian history and Czech immigration history. Currently, he is doing research on Czech-Italian relations from 1848 to 1918. Bruce served as chairperson of the UNO Dept. of History during sixteen of the years before August 2008. He is a fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies and a member of eight professional associations.
As an officer in the U.S. Navy for four years, Bruce served on the USS GALLANT (MSO-489), one of five ships that helped the South Vietnamese Navy establish a "barrier patrol" from Dec. 1961 through March 1962 along the 17th parallel between Da Nang and the Paracel Islands. On the USS NAVARRO (APA-215), he participated during May 1963 in phase "Autumn Gold" of Project SHAD in which the NAVARRO was one of five ships upon which A-4 aircraft released bio-toxin Bacillus globigii , a relative of anthrax. Undertaken by the Kennedy Administration and involving some 17,000 U.S. servicemen, Project SHAD -- declassified in 2002 -- carried out the most extensive testing of chemicals and bacteria upon unwitting citizens ever achieved in American history.