|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Thesis||Frederick the Great, William Pitt and Lord Bute: The Origin, Development and Dissolution of the Anglo-Prussian Alliance, 1756–63 (1976)|
|Academic advisors||Herbert Butterfield|
|Sub-discipline||18th-century European history|
Karl Wolfgang Schweizeris a historian specialising in eighteenth century European history.
Education and academic career
Schweizer was born in Germany and was educated at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he graduated with a BA in 1969, and in 1970 he earned his MA at the University of Waterloo. In 1976, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he studied with Herbert Butterfield. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Frederick the Great, William Pitt and Lord Bute: The Origin, Development and Dissolution of the Anglo-Prussian Alliance, 1756–63".
In 1988, Schweizer was appointed chairman of the Humanities Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), a post he held until 1993 and again during 2001–2003. Since 2000, he has been professor of history at the NJIT/Rutgers Federated History Department. In 1994, he was appointed a member of the Graduate School, Rutgers University.
Jeremy Black has said that among those interested in eighteenth century European international relations, Schweizer "has a deservedly high reputation for a number of judicious and important articles". In 2020, Schweizer was awarded the 2020 CSLA Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Science and Liberal Arts, New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has also been awarded the Congressional Order of Merit, USA and has held fellowships/visiting appointments at Princeton,Cambridge,Yale Universities and the London School of Economics.Moreover,Dr.Schweizer is a Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association(Cambridge,UK)and a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute,Philadelphia,PA.
- The Devonshire Diary: William Cavendish Fourth Duke of Devonshire, Memoranda on State of Affairs 1759-1762, edited with Peter Douglas Brown (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979).
- Lord Bute: Essays in Re-Interpretation, editor (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1988).
- England, Prussia, and the Seven Years' War (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1989).
- Cobbett in his Times, with John W. Osborne (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1990).
- Frederick the Great, William Pitt, and Lord Bute, The Anglo-Prussian Alliance, 1756-1763 (New York: Garland Publishing, 1991).
- William Pitt, Earl of Chatham 1708-1778. A Bibliography (Wesport: Greenwood Press, 1993).
- Statesmen, Diplomats and the Press: Essays on 18th Century Britain (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).
- Herbert Butterfield: Essays on the History of Science (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005).
- Parliament and the Press 1688-1936, editor (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006).
- The International Thought of Herbert Butterfield, edited with Paul Sharp (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
- The Seven Years War: A Transatlantic History, with M. Schumann (London: Routledge, 2008).
- Oligarchy ,Dissent and the Culture of Print in 18th.Century Britain(Edwin Mellen Press,Lampeter,Wales,)2015 ,
- Francois de Callieres,Diplomat and Man of Letters(Lampeter,Wales,)1995
- Seeds Of Evil(Author House,2001)
- The Art of Diplomacy(Leicester University Press,1983)
- Essays in Honour of Ragnhild Hatton(edited With Jeremy Black)Humanities Press,International,1985.
- War,Politics and Diplomacy(Oxford,2003)
- In Defence of Australia"s Constitutional Monarchy(edited with Introduction),Lampeter,Wales,2003.
- Warfare and Tactics in the eighteenth Century:Some Recent Research(edited with introduction,Kingston:1984.
- 'Lord Bute, Newcastle, Prussia, and the Hague Overtures: A Re-Examination', Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring, 1977), pp. 72–97.
- 'William Pitt, Lord Bute, and the Peace Negotiations with France, May–September 1761', Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Autumn, 1981), pp. 262–275.
- (with Carol S. Leonard), 'Britain, Prussia, Russia and the Galitzin Letter: A Reassessment', The Historical Journal, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Sep., 1983), pp. 531–556.
- 'Edward Weston (1703–70): The Papers of an Eighteenth-Century Under-Secretary in the Lewis Walpole Library', The Yale University Library Gazette, Vol. 71, No. 1/2 (October 1996), pp. 43–48.
- 'Jacobite Material among the Scottish Loudoun Papers', Huntington Library Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 1 (1998), pp. 101–105.
As well as over 250 articles/reviews inscholarly journals and reference works
- 'Karl Schweizer', New Jersey Institute of Technology website. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
- 'Karl W. Schweizer', Rutgers University website. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
- Jeremy Black, 'Reviewed Work: England, Prussia, and the Seven Years' War by Karl W. Schweizer', The International History Review, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Aug., 1989), p. 540.