For those interested in the geography, history, sociology, anthropology, and literature of war.
Rebecca Ruth Gould deposited Regime Change Abroad, Fascism at Home: How US Interventions Paved the Way for Trump (Counterpunch, 2016) in the group War Studies on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Will a Trump presidency help to bring an end to the status quo? This essay, first published on Counterpunch days after the 2016 election, considers that possibility with reference to the long history of US interventions abroad.
Module Summary: Using the aftermath of 9/11 and the US invasion of Iraq as a case study, this module asks why states engage in torture, giving particular consideration to why liberal states euphemise, conceal, and downplay this practice. We will examine the ramifications of 9/11 across multiple legal domains, domestically within the US and…[Read more]
Throughout antiquity there has always been the tension between differentiating being civilians and non-civilians in conflict. In some of the earliest recorded times in history we have stories of the Israelites marching around Jericho and bringing its walls down, barbarian tribes facing off with Romans, peasants storming castles, and modern era…[Read more]
Discussion of the historiography of the reception of Edward Yang’s film and the specificity of it in terms of documenting Cold War Taipei, a tightly surveilled city torn and its emergence as a modern city with a critique of Fredric Jameson’s reading of the film.
The centenary of World War I has marked an abrupt change: historical events will never be commemorated in the same way, especially in Belgium. The federated entities have demonstrated the autonomous role which they intend to play in future events of this type. The Brussels-Capital Region was not outdone. While the political choice to be directly…[Read more]
Karla Vanraepenbusch deposited Regards croisés sur un Centenaire. Un premier bilan des commémorations de la Première Guerre mondiale à Bruxelles in the group War Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
Le Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale marque une rupture : on ne commémorera plus jamais de la même manière les événements historiques, tout particulièrement en Belgique. Les entités fédérées y ont démontré le rôle qu’elles entendaient désormais jouer, en toute autonomie, dans de futurs événements de ce type. La Région de Bruxelles-capita…[Read more]
The inter-allied memorial commemorates the First World War and the fallen, as well as the wartime cooperation between the Allies. Its inter-allied character and its scale make this memorial one of a kind.
In cultural studies today, there is emerging an interpretive revolution “from below” – that is, a radical reassessment of the politics of cultural forms, based on a recovery of the embodied and affective subject as the center of meaning-making. Making sense of dance performances is therefore methodologically important because of their parti…[Read more]
A study of grappling (both athletic and martial) from ancient Egypt to Victorian England. It was written as a Classics & Ancient History PhD thesis, so half the verbiage focuses on the ancient world.
This monograph is the first in-depth examination of articulated Roman plate armour since H. Russell Robinson published his ground-breaking reconstructions of lorica segmentata in The Armour of Imperial Rome. With detailed discussion of all the significant evidence (including previously unpublished material), the book looks at each of the principal…[Read more]
This article discusses the labor on the ground in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas that sustains U.S. bombardment of that region. It argues that the relations on the ground co-constitute with the time-space compression of drone warfare.
War Studies Primer is an introductory course on the study of war and military history. It is available at http://www.warstudiesprimer.org under a Creative Commons license.
The debate over whether the creation of the New Model Army represented continuity or change in the supply systems of parliamentarian armies has suffered from a lack of detailed research on the Earl of Essex’s army. This article begins to redress the balance by examining the supply of horses and saddles to the armies of Essex, Manchester, Waller, a…[Read more]
For most people in the United States, war is almost always elsewhere. Since the Civil War, declared wars have been engaged on terrains at a distance from the continental space of the nation. Until the attacks on the World Trade towers and the Pentagon in September 2001, many people in the United States perceived war to be conflicts between the…[Read more]
This illustrates the psychiatrists who were appointed to Area Commands in the British Army during the Second World War, along with their commanding officers and other psychological staff at that Command. I found it a challenge to pin down people to places and times when researching my PhD – hopefully this will save others some trouble!
This appendix gives a brief summary of the role of some individuals who did work connected with Army psychiatry in Second World War Britain (particularly the development of schemes of officer selection and POW rehabilitation). The data was compiled from biographies, autobiographies, obituaries, census information, letters and articles published in…[Read more]
This map illustrates the locations of Command Psychiatrists, War Office Selection Boards (WOSBs), Civil Resettlement Units (CRUs), Area Psychiatrists, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Neurosis Centres, Military Mental Hospitals, Military Mental Hospitals for Women, and Military Psychiatric Hospitals. I have made the map interactive so different…[Read more]
Review Published in The British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 49, March 2016 http://journals.cambridge.org/article_S0007087416000182 Both The Open Mind and Shaky Foundations offer interesting insights into scholarship in Cold War North America, documenting a variety of political, institutional and social influences upon the social…[Read more]
Alice White deposited Science, Technology, or Medicine? The Case of the Construction of Officer Selection Tests for the British Army in the group War Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year, 11 months ago
Military historians have debated the role of the War Office Selection Board (WOSB) in creating a “People’s Army” and democratising the British military during the Second World War. The role of these boards in reconfiguring the identity of the psychiatrist and the boundaries of their expertise in mid-twentieth century Britain, however, has been lar…[Read more]
In 1939, psychiatrists wrote to the War Office of Britain to offer up their services in the likely event of war. The response? A resounding silence. This unpromising start marked the first words (and the first silence) in a discussion of psychological science that would span the war. The ” trick cyclist ” , or psychiatrist, was a controversial…[Read more]
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