Bradford Perkins (March 6, 1925 – June 29, 2008) was an American historian who spent the bulk of his career at the University of Michigan. He was the son of the historian Dexter Perkins.
Perkins was born in Rochester, New York, in 1925, where his father was a professor at the University of Rochester. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater. He received his A.B. in 1947 from Harvard University, and completed his doctoral work there in 1952 under the direction of Frederick Merk.
Perkins taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the University of Michigan history department in 1962 and retired in 1997. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He was Commonwealth Fund Lecturer at University College London.
Honors and awards
- "Impressions of Wartime," The Journal of American History, September 1990
- "Interests, Values, and the Prism: The Sources of American Foreign Policy", Journal of the Early Republic, 1994
- The First Rapprochement: England and the United States, 1795-1805 (1955)
- Prologue to war, England and the United States, 1805-1812 (1961)full text online
- Castlereagh and Adams: England and the United States, 1812-1823 (1964)
- England and the United States (1967)
- The Great Rapprochement: England and the United States, 1895-1914 (1968, reprinted 2003)
- The Creation of a Republican Empire, 1776-1865 (Volume 1 of the Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations, ed. Warren I. Cohen)(1995)