Daniel Miller


Dr. Daniel E. Miller, professor of history, teaches modern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Balkans, European, agricultural history and Europe between the World Wars.

Raised in a Slovak household, Miller was immersed in its history and culture. He was fascinated with how the former Czechoslovakia was democratic, between the two World Wars, and then became communist after World War II. Over the years, his work has explored Czechoslovak democracy and agrarian politics, including how land reform supports democracy.

Miller has published many articles and chapters, both in Czech and in English, on Slovak and Czech agricultural politics and democracy in the Czechoslovak First Republic. He is currently collaborating with other historians on a book about consociationalism, or power­sharing, in the Habsburg Monarchy and the Czechoslovak First Republic. He is also working on a monograph detailing the creation of new agricultural settlements on land obtained from the great estates, during the land reform between the World Wars, in Czechoslovakia.

In 1999, Miller wrote, “Forging Political Compromise: Antonín Švehla and the Czechoslovak Republican Party (1918­1933),” a book that focuses on agrarian politics and democracy in Czechoslovakia between the two World Wars. Czech historians voted the Czech translation of this book on Antonín Švehla as the best historical work of 2001 (tied with one other) by a foreign author. He also co-edited “The Significance and Meaning of the Agrarian Movement in Czech and Czechoslovak History.”

Miller, who has been in the UWF history department since 1990, was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University from 1998 to 1990. He has made numerous research trips to East­ Central Europe, particularly the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and he has traveled throughout Europe.

Degrees & Institutions:

He received his bachelor’s degree in East European studies and political science from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in history from University of Illinois at Champaign­ Urbana and a doctorate degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh.


Colonization of the Great Estates during the Land Reform in Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938 (book manuscript, expected date of completion, 2011) and The First Czechoslovak Republic (1918-1938) as a Consociational Democracy (book manuscript, expected date of completion, 2015).

Classes Taught: 

Western Perspectives II, The Second World War, Czechs and Slovaks in the Modern World, Habsburg Monarchy, 1526-1918, Imperial Russia to 1917, Soviet Union since 1917, Germany since 1866, Interwar Europe, 1918-1939, and Modern European Agrarian and Social History

Graduate Courses:

Europe between the World Wars (1918-1939), East-Central Europe and the Balkans, European Ideologies and Political Movements Since 1789


Special Interests:

Czech and Slovak history especially between 1918 and 1938 dealing with democracy, agricultural politics, and land reform.


    Kuloze a vyznamu agrarniho hnuti v ceskych a ceskoslovenskych dejinach [The Significance and Meaning of the Agrarian Movement in Czech and Czechoslovak History]. Eds. Jiri Sousa (Charles University, Prague), Daniel E. Miller, and Mary Hrabik Samal (Oakland University, Rochester, MI). Prague: Karolinum–Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy, 2001.

    Antonin Svehla–mistr politickych kompromisu [Antonin Svehla–Master of Political Compromise]. Trans. Stanislav Pavlicek. Edice Ecce Homo. Prague: Argo, 2001.

    Forging Political Compromise: Antonin Svehla and the Czechoslovak Republican Party, 1918-1933. Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999.

    Awards and Honors:

    Agricultural History – Vernon Carstensen Award in 2000 for the best article in 1999 for “Collectivization in the 1970s and 1980s in Zamagurie, Slovakia”

    Dejiny a soucasnost [History and the Present] - Best historical work by a foreign author (tied with one other) forAntonin Svehla-mistr politickych kompromisu, 2002

    Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace – Visiting Scholar, 1989-1990

    International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) - Independent research grant to examine the Czechoslovak land reform between the world wars using sources in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 1999-2000

    Open Society Archives (Budapest, Hungary) – Archival research grant to study agricultural collectivization in Slovakia, 1997

    UWF Outstanding Teaching and Advising Award, 1993-1994, 1998-1999, and 2003-2004

    UWF Research grants, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2009

    UWF Teaching Incentive Program Awards, 1993-1994, 1996-1997, and 2003-2004

    Woodrow Wilson Center, East European Program (Washington, DC) – Short Term Research Grant, Summer 1998


    American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

    American Historical Association

    Association for the Study of Nationalities

    Czechoslovak Studies Association

    Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences

    Slovak Studies Association

Keywords: European agricultural history, consociationalism, power­sharing, Antonín Švehla, Czechoslovak Republican Party, Habsburg Monarchy, Czechoslovak First Republic, Central Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe