BOOKS RECEIVED: J. William Thompson, “From Memory to Memorial: Shanksville, America and Flight 93” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books On September 11, 2001, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, became a center of national attention when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a former strip mine in sleepy Somerset County, killing all forty passengers and crew aboard. This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ron E. Hassner, “Religion on the Battlefield” (Cornell UP, 2016)
How does religion shape the modern battlefield? Ron E. Hassner proposes that religion acts as a force multiplier, both enabling and constraining military operations. This is true not only for religiously radicalized fighters but also for professional soldiers. In the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabetta Viggiani, “Talking Stones: The Politics of Memorialization in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
If memory was simply about past events, public authorities would never put their ever-shrinking budgets at its service. Rather, memory is actually about the present moment, as Pierre Nora puts it: “Through the past, we venerate above all ourselves.” This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Garret Joseph Martin, “General de Gaulle’s Cold War: Challenging American Hegemony, 1963-1968” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
The greatest threat to the Western alliance in the 1960s did not come from an enemy, but from an ally. France, led by its mercurial leader General Charles de Gaulle, launched a global and comprehensive challenge to the United State’s… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Marie Louise Stig Srensen and Dacia Viejo Rose, eds., “War and Cultural Heritage: Biographies of Place” (Cambridge UP, 2015)
The reconstruction of society after conflict is complex and multifaceted. This book investigates this theme as it relates to cultural heritage through a number of case studies relating to European wars since 1864. The case studies show in detail how… Read More
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