William E. Dodd

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William E. Dodd was an American historian.

Born in North Carolina, he went on to become chair of the Department of History at the University of Chicago and Ambassador to Germany in 1930s -- just as Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power.

It was an ironic twist for Dodd, who died in 1938. A staunch Wilsonian, he had predicted that a harsh peace with Germany following World War I would lead to a more militant Germany. He did not expect, however, to witness personally the failure of the peace Woodrow Wilson tried to make.