Military History

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  • 16 Jun 2023
    Helena F. S. Lopes

    Neutral Macau, an ‘East Asian Casablanca’

    Histories of neutrality and collaboration in the Second World War tend to focus on Europe. Yet, considering these dynamics in Asia is essential to understand the conflict as a truly global event. My book Neutrality and Collaboration in South China: Macau during the Second World War looks at a small enclave that remained neutral throughout […]

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  • 5 Jun 2023
    Michelle Tusan

    The First World War and the Middle Eastern Front

    The First World War was a war of empires that started in the Balkans and ended in the Middle East. Yet, some historians still see this war as a mostly European story. Mapping the different fronts of the war together challenges this perspective: I wrote The Last Treaty, in part, to understand why war historiography […]

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  • 31 May 2023
    Claire Andrieu

    When War Knocks on the Door: What Do Civilians Do?

    WW2 Comparative History from BelowWritten by Claire Andrieu Unlike the objects of its title, the subject of this book did not fall from the sky. I did not set out to write a comparative history of the reception of downed airmen in Britain, France and Germany during World War II. The story of When Men […]

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  • 25 Apr 2022
    Jeremy A. Crang


    It is sometimes overlooked that many thousands of women served alongside men in the British armed forces during the Second World War. Over the conflict, some 600,000 women were absorbed into the three British women’s auxiliary services – the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and the Women’s Royal Naval Service. These servicewomen […]

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  • 24 Jan 2022
    LOS ANGELES - MAY 1: CBS Radio actress Irene Rich at CBS KNX radio studios at Columbia Square, Hollywood, CA. She portrays the character Faith Chandler in Dear John, one of the Irene Rich Dramas on CBS Radio. She is with a German Shepherd dog. May 1, 1942. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
    Susan L. Carruthers

    What is a “Dear John”? Revealing the untold story of wartime breakup letters

    Consult any dictionary of slang and you’ll find a definition something like this: a letter sent to a man (usually in uniform) by his girlfriend, fiancée or wife announcing the end of their relationship. Urban legend adds a further twist. A Dear John doesn’t just sever an unwanted romantic connection. It announces that the sender […]

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  • 25 Aug 2021
    Colonel Geoffrey F. Weiss

    Assessing Afghanistan with the Unified War Theory

    America’s hasty extrication from its war in Afghanistan was anything but smooth, and now the world’s leading superpower’s two-decade misadventure there has ended with a shocking, humiliating defeat. Even as the world contemplates the implications of this seemingly improbable outcome, the post-mortem proceeds in earnest. What went wrong? After two decades of nation building, a […]

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  • 3 Aug 2021
    Geoffrey Parker

    The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare

    In every bookshop in the English-speaking world, works on military history occupy at least half of the shelves devoted to ‘History’. I helped to create two of...

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  • 3 Jun 2021
    Joseph Stieb

    “It’s the regime, stupid!”

    So said former CIA Director R. James Woolsey to the House Armed Services Committee in 1999, channeling what had become a consensus about Iraq in the U.S. foreign policy establishment by the end of the 1990s: that Saddam Hussein could no longer be contained because he was fixated on shedding sanctions and inspections, rebuilding his […]

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