John Tone

Professor of History, School of History and Sociology

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  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location: 117 Old CE
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Dr. John Lawrence Tone is professor of history in the School of History and Sociology.  In the past he has served as interim dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, chair of the School of Economics and of the School of History and Sociology, and associate dean of undergraduate studies in the Ivan Allen College. He specializes in Spanish and Cuban military history and the history of disease and medicine. He has written several articles and books, including The Fatal Knot: The Guerrilla War in Navarre and the Defeat of Napoleon in Spain (1995), La guerrilla española (1999), and War and Genocide in Cuba (2006). The Fatal Knot was a selection of the History Book Club and received the Literary Prize of the International Napoleonic Society in 1999.  He was inducted as a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society in that same year. War and Genocide in Cuba received the Society for Military History Prize for the Best Book on a Non-US Subject in 2008. His current research is on the history of yellow fever. He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society. He teaches courses on European History, The French Revolution and Napoleon, Intellectual History, Modern Spain, Modern Cuba, and The History of Disease and Medicine.

  • PhD Columbia University 1989
  • MA Columbia University 1983
  • BA Columbia College 1981
Awards and
  • Society for Military History, Distinguished Book Award
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Inducted, International Napoleonic Society
  • American Philosophical Society Scholarship
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarship
Areas of
  • Cuban History
  • French Revolution And Napoleon
  • History Of Disease And Medicine
  • Insurgency And Counterinsurgency
  • Spanish History


Research Fields:
  • Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Europe
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • United States
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Armed Conflict
  • Caribbean Studies
  • European Union Studies
  • Historiography
  • History more generally
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Movements


  • HTS-2080: Intro Hist Disease & Med
  • HTS-3032: Europe Intellectual Hist
  • HTS-3038: French Revolution
  • HTS-3041: Modern Spain
  • HTS-3069: Modern Cuba
  • HTS-4031: Seminar in European Hist
  • HTS-4086: Sem Health Med & Society
  • HTS-4814: Special Topics
  • HTS-6122: History of Medicine