Prof. Emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is one of the world’s best-known experts on military history and strategy
Born in the Netherlands, educated in Israel and the United Kingdom, van Creveld is the author of twenty-five books. Most are about military history and strategy; but he has also written on American and Israeli history, on political and women’s history, the history of conscience and of equality. Between them, these works have now been published in twenty different languages.
Prof. van Creveld has taught or lectured in virtually every important institute of higher strategic learning, both military and civilian, in the world. He is the author of several hundred newspaper- and magazine articles and has appeared on television and radio programs in many countries.
Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam into a Jewish family. His parents, Leon and Margaret, were staunch Zionists who had managed to evade the Nazis during World War II.
In 1950, his family immigrated to Israel, and Creveld grew up in Ramat Gan. From 1964 to 1969, he studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earned an MA. From 1969–71, he studied history at the London School of Economics and received a PhD.
Van Creveld’s doctoral dissertation on Hitler’s strategy in the Balkans during the early years of World War II was published as a book in 1973: “Hitler’s Strategy, 1940-41. The Balkan Clue.” After completing his Ph.D. in 1971, van Creveld returned to Israel and began teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He became a professor in 1988. In 2007, he retired from teaching at Hebrew University, and began teaching at Tel Aviv University’s Security Studies Program.
Van Creveld has been married twice and has three children. Currently, he lives in Mevaseret Zion.