Rappaport, Armin H.

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RAPPAPORT, ARMIN H. (1916–1983), U.S. historian. Rappaport was born in New York City. He taught briefly at Stanford University and then for nearly two decades at the University of California, Berkeley, where he gained recognition as one of the foremost scholars of American diplomatic history. He also served as assistant dean of students from 1957 to 1967.

He was then appointed professor of history and, from 1967, provost of the Third College, University of California, San Diego. He was one of the founding members of the ucsd history department and served as its chairman. He was editor of the journal of Diplomatic History and president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. Rappaport was also involved in La Jolla, California, Jewish community affairs.

ucsd established the Rappaport Prize, which is awarded annually for the best history essay.

Rappaport's major works include The British Press and Wilsonian Neutrality (1951), The Navy League of the United States (1962), Henry L. Stimson and Japan (1963), Patterns in American History (with A. De Conde and W. Steckel, 1965), Present in the Past (with R. Traina, 1972), and A Short History of American Diplomacy (1975). He also edited several books of sources and issues in American diplomacy.

[Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)]