Gary W. Shanafelt

C U R R I C U L U M    V I T Æ


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1977
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1970
B.A. University of California, Irvine, 1969


“The Secret Enemy: Austria-Hungary and the German Alliance, 1914-1918”
Discusses the political problems of Austria-Hungary’s wartime alliance with Imperial Germany and the extent to which that tie was a factor in the final collapse of the Monarchy in 1918.

Committee: Gerald Feldman, Chair; William Slottman; Paul Seabury
Published in revised, expanded version under same title in 1985 (see below)


World history, 19th Century Europe, 20th Century Europe, Germany, Russia, Habsburg Monarchy/Eastern Europe, Great Britain, Modern International Relations, Renaissance/Reformation, U.S. Since 1865, Persons and Communities


McMurry University: Professor Emeritus, 2017; Professor, 1989-2017; Associate Professor, 1984-1989; Assistant Professor, 1981-1984 
Washington University in St. Louis: Visiting Assistant Professor 
University of Wyoming: Visiting Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine: Teaching Associate
University of California, Berkeley: Lecturer 
University of California, Berkeley: Teaching Assistant 
[Dissertation research in Austria] 
University of California, Berkeley: Teaching Assistant 
University of California, Berkeley: Reader


N.E.H. Summer Institute in Washington, D.C., on American Immigration Revisited, July 5-31, 2009
Gordon R. and Lola J. Bennett Award for Outstanding Teaching, Service, and Leadership, McMurry University, 2004
Bradley University Prague-Berlin Seminar, June 10-29, 1994
Mellon Workshop on Macrohistory, Rice University, May 18-29, 1987
Fulbright Fellowship to Austria for dissertation research, 1975-1976
Ford Foundation Special Career Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1969-1974



The Secret Enemy: Austria-Hungary and the German Alliance, 1914-1918, East European Monographs, Boulder, Colorado, 1985 (distributed by Columbia University Press)


With G.T. Waddingaton, “Coalition War: Germany and Her Allies, Austria-Hungary and Italy,” in Peter Liddle, John Bourne, and Ian Whitehead, eds., The Great World War 1914-45, Vol. 1, Lightning Strikes Twice, London, 2000,  492-508

“An English Lady in High Albania: Edith Durham and the Balkans,” East European Quarterly, vol. 30 no. 3, September 1996, 283-300

Entries on Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke Joseph Ferdinand, the Black Hand, Ion Brătianu, Richard von Kühlmann, Mitteleuropa, Karl von Pflanzer-Baltin, Oskar Potiorek, the Stockholm Conference, Stormtroopers, and Karl Stürgkh in Spencer Tucker, ed., The European Powers in the First World War: An Encyclopedia, New York, 1996

“Pain and Promise, 1970-1976” in Fane Downs and Robert W. Sledge, eds., Pride of Our Western Prairies: McMurry College, 1923-1988, Abilene, 1989, 143-161

“Activism and Inertia: Ottokar Czernin’s Mission to Romania, 1913-1916,” Austrian History Yearbook, vol. 19-20 pt. 1, 1983-84, 189-214

Book reviews in the Journal of Modern History, Austrian History Yearbook, American Historical Review, International History Review, History of European Ideas, German Studies Review, and the HABSBURG H-Net Internet discussion group


Dr. Mac’s Study, CD of the downloaded web pages of Gerald McDaniel, with introduction, HTML editing, and package design, February 2002

“Computers: How Obsolete is Obsolete?” German Studies Association Newsletter, vol. 22 no. 2, Winter 1997, 41-45

“Using German Diacritics with Laser Printers: A Technical Note,” German Studies Association Newsletter, vol. 15 no. 2, Winter 1990, 29-31

“300 Dots on the TRS-80,” Misosys Quarterly, vol. 5 no. 1, Fall 1990, 26-37

With Lee C. Rice of Marquette University, Allwrite DeskJet Utility Pack, Software and manual for interfacing LaserJet and DeskJet printers with the TRS-80 computer, 1990 (Distributed by trade publication Computer News 80)

“Tapes, Disks, and CMD Files,” Misosys Quarterly, vol. 2 no. 4, Spring 1988, 50-53



American Historical Association, Phi Alpha Theta, HABSBURG  H-Net discussion group


Paper “Coalition Warfare: Germany and Austria-Hungary in the First World War,” at the 2001 annual conference of the Society for Military History, Calgary, Canada, May 2001

Chair of paper session “Contested Definitions of Patriotism During World War I” at the 30th annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boca Raton, Florida, September 1998

Paper “Edith Durham, Austria-Hungary, and the First World War” presented at “World War One: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference,” Fort Hays State University, April 1996

Paper “An English Lady in Darkest Albania: The Adventurous Life of Mary Edith Durham” presented at “The Role of Women: The Past and the Road Ahead, A National Symposium,” Hardin-Simmons University, October 1991

Paper “From Großösterreich to Großdeutschland: The Last Statesmen of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1914-1918” presented at the 15th annual conference of the German Studies Association, Los Angeles, September 1991

Commentator of paper session “Anschluß, War, and Occupation: Austria, 1938-1955,” at the 76th annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Sciences Association, Houston, March 1988

Paper “Using East European Archives” at the 64th Anniversary International Convention of Phi Alpha Theta, New York, December 1985


Lecture “Hard Copy: 500 Years of Printing Explained in Less Than an Hour,” Friends of the McMurry Library Homecoming lecture, October 8, 2015

Lecture “Did the Germans Really Start the First World War?” McMurry SSR Colloquium, October 24, 2013

Slide presentation/lecture “Bastille Day,” Chautauqua Lecture Series, at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, July 14, 2007

Slide presentation/lecture “Doing History: How Do We Know What Really Happened?” Chautauqua Lecture Series, at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, February 10, 2007

Panelist, “Shared Thoughts — Cold War Perceptions in the U.S.S.R. and U.S.A.,” at the Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas, April 3, 2003

Slide presentation/lecture “300 Years of La Grande Nation,” given in conjunction with exhibition of French art, “Avant et Après de 1900,” at the Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas, October 19, 2000

Slide presentation/lecture “Understanding Russia: Exploring Soviet Social Realism,” given in conjunction with exhibition of Russian art, “Russian Impressionism, 1930-1980,” at the Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas, November 5, 1998

Guest commentator on aftermath of the Gulf War for Abilene KTXS-TV news program “KTXS Reports,” April 1991; and on affairs in Eastern Europe, October 1989 and January 1990

Lectures to local civic and church groups on various topics (German reunification; Bosnia, Kosovo, and the break-up of Yugoslavia; Surrealism; the Protestant Reformation; etc.)


Copy-editing articles before distribution on the HABSBURG  H-Net discussion group; critiquing grant proposals and manuscripts for various institutions


Chair of the McMurry University Department of History, 1986-1991, 2006-2007, 2010-2017

Assistant Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion, 2007-2010

Chair of the Faculty, McMurry University, 2003-2004

Lead Teacher, Persons and Communities teaching team, 2003-2007

McMurry University Faculty Recorder, 1994-1997, 2000-2001, 2004-2007, 2012-2013

Webmaster, McMurry Department of History web pages, 1999-2017 ; and School of Social Sciences and Religion pages, 2007-2017

Webmaster, McWhiney Foundation web pages, 2002-2009, 2011-2013

Editor of McMurry University Faculty Handbook, 1996-2017

Editor/typographer for McMurry University ten-year reaccreditation assessment, Self-Study 1998: Report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1997-1999