Duke Historian Joel Colton Dies at Age 92
Durham, NC - Duke historian Joel Colton, who was known to generations of students as co-author of the college textbook, "A History of the Modern World," died April 17 in Durham. He was 92.
Born August 23, 1918, in New York City, Colton specialized in modern and contemporary European history, he taught at Duke University from 1947-1989, chairing the History Department from 1967-1974.
"A History of the Modern World" was used in more than 1,000 high schools, colleges and universities and was translated into 10 languages.
At Duke, Colton also served on the executive committee of the Academic Council. From 1974-1982, he served as Director for Humanities at the Rockefeller Foundation and returned to Duke in 1982 where he taught until his retirement in 1989....
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