Charlie Laderman

Visiting Fellow

Dr. Charlie Laderman is senior lecturer in international history at the War Studies Department, King’s College, London (KCL). He is part of the core team responsible for directing the KCL Centre for Grand Strategy. Before joining KCL, he was a research fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where he remains a senior research associate. In 2016–17, he was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin.

His latest book is Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and German’'s March to Global War (Basic Books, 2021). Cowritten with Brendan Simms, it explores the most crucial period in 20th-century diplomatic history, the five days between Japan’s assault on Pearl Harbor and Adolf Hitler’s declaration of war on the United States.

His first monograph, Sharing the Burden (Oxford University Press, 2019), explored the American and British response to the Armenian Genocide. It offers a window into America’s rise to great-power status, the decline of the British Empire, and the emergence of a new Anglo-American-led international order after World War I. It was awarded the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era’s H. Wayne Morgan Prize in political history, and the Arthur Miller Institute Prize from the British Association for American Studies. It was short-listed for the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize in British History. He is also coauthor, with Brendan Simms, of Donald Trump: The Making of a Worldview (I.B. Tauris, 2017).  

Laderman completed his undergraduate studies in history and politics at the University of Nottingham. He won the University of Cambridge’s Member’s History Prize for best MPhil dissertation before completing his PhD at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. During his PhD studies, he was a Fox International Fellow and a Smith Richardson Fellow in International Security Studies, both at Yale University, and an AHRC Fellow at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress. 

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Charlie Laderman: US Wants To Deliver Arms To Ukraine

interview with Charlie Ladermanvia DW Academy
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Hoover Institution research fellow Charlie Laderman discusses a new Lend-Lease program for Ukraine borrowed from WWII's Lend-Lease programs.

In the News

Is Escalation In Ukraine Part Of The US Strategy?

cited Charlie Ladermanvia The Guardian
Monday, May 2, 2022

The aim of the billions committed through the Lend-Lease plan could tip the geopolitical balance. History may be about to repeat itself.

In the News

USA will Ukraine Waffen mit neuem Leih- und Pachtgesetz liefern (US Wants To Deliver Arms To Ukraine With New Lend-Lease Law)

interview with Charlie Ladermanvia Deutsche Welle
Friday, April 29, 2022

During World War II, President Roosevelt's Lend-Lease Act helped defeat the Nazis. Now it could be relaunched for the quick, unbureaucratic delivery of weapons and aid to Ukraine.

In the News

Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor And Germany’s March To Global War

featuring Charlie Ladermanvia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Adolf Hitler’s decision to declare war on the United States, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in 1941, has long vexed historians. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt may have been ready to prioritize the fight against Germany, but Japan had attacked the United States, and so there was an argument for concentrating on the Pacific. 

In the News

‘Hitler’s American Gamble’ Review: The Mistake That Changed World War II

featuring Charlie Ladermanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 21, 2022

Nazi misconceptions about the U.S. drove a nightmarish strategy that would doom millions.

Analysis and Commentary

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

by Charlie Ladermanvia The New York Times
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Fate, chance, contingency: The haphazard nature of “why this and not that” links several of the titles we recommend this week, from the braided timelines of Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel to Hitler’s fatal decision to declare war on America — the subject of a new history by Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman — to the parenting misstep that sets in motion the plot of Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, “The School for Good Mothers.”

Analysis and Commentary

Five Best: Books On The Global March To War

by Charlie Ladermanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 7, 2022

[Subscription Required] Selected by Charlie Laderman, the co-author of ‘Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany’s March to War.’

Adolf Hitler, courtesy of the German Federal Archive (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)
Analysis and Commentary

What Hitler’s War With America Reveals About Today’s Great Power Rivalries

by Charlie Ladermanvia New Statesman
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The tinderbox of 1941 shows that the risk of armed conflict between China and the US is real.

Co-Author: Brendan Simms