Military History

Military History

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Interviews with scholars of military history about their new books.

Maya Wind, "Towers of Ivory and Steel: How Israeli Universities Deny Palestinian Freedom" (Verso, 2024)

July 12, 2024

Towers of Ivory and Steel

Maya Wind
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Israeli universities have long enjoyed a reputation as liberal bastions of freedom and democracy. Drawing on extensive research and making Hebrew sour…

Karine Varley, "Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Vichy's Double Bind

Karine Varley
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Karine Varley's book Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War (Cambridge UP, 2023) advances …

Laura Robson, "Human Capital: A History of Putting Refugees to Work" (Verso, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Human Capital

Laura Robson
Hosted by Geoffrey Gordon

When Americans and other citizens of advanced capitalist countries think of humanitarianism, they think of charitable efforts to help people displaced…

Rachel Williams, "Tabernacles in the Wilderness: The US Christian Commission on the Civil War Battlefront" (Kent State UP, 2024)

June 30, 2024

Tabernacles in the Wilderness

Rachel Williams
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Examining how a civilian organization used the Civil War to advance their religious mission. Tabernacles in the Wilderness: The US Christian Commissi…

Maryna Shevtsova, "Feminist Perspective on Russia’s War in Ukraine: Hear Our Voices" (Lexington Books, 2024)

June 30, 2024

Feminist Perspective on Russia’s War in Ukraine

Maryna Shevtsova

Feminist Perspective on Russia’s War in Ukraine: Hear Our Voices came out with Lexington Books at the two-year’s mark of Russia’s full-scale invasion …

Erin Lin, "When the Bombs Stopped: The Legacy of War in Rural Cambodia" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 28, 2024

When the Bombs Stopped

Erin Lin

Over the course of the Vietnam War, the United States dropped 500,000 tons of bombs over Cambodia—more than the combined weight of every man, woman, a…

J. Megan Greene, "Building a Nation at War: Building a Nation at War: Transnational Knowledge Networks and the Development of China during and after World War II" (Harvard UP, 2022)

June 27, 2024

Building a Nation at War

J. Megan Greene
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Building a Nation at War: Building a Nation at War: Transnational Knowledge Networks and the Development of China during and after World War II (Harva…

Donald Stoker, "Purpose and Power: US Grand Strategy from the Revolutionary Era to the Present" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 25, 2024

Purpose and Power

Donald Stoker
Hosted by Andrew Pace

In our interview, I spoke with Donald Stoker about the changes in American grand strategy over the past 250 years and the major themes from his new …

M. Girard Dorsey, "Holding Their Breath: How the Allies Confronted the Threat of Chemical Warfare in World War II" (Cornell UP, 2023)

June 22, 2024

Holding Their Breath

M. Girard Dorsey
Hosted by Andrew Pace

In Holding Their Breath: How the Allies Confronted the Threat of Chemical Warfare in World War II (Cornell UP, 2023), M. Girard Dorsey uncovers just…

William W. Hagen, "Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

June 19, 2024

Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920

William W. Hagen
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Widespread anti-Jewish pogroms accompanied the rebirth of Polish statehood out of World War I and Polish-Soviet War. In Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland…

Shannon Bontrager, "Death at the Edges of Empire: Fallen Soldiers, Cultural Memory, and the Making of an American Nation, 1863-1921" (U Nebraska Press, 2020)

June 11, 2024

Death at the Edges of Empire

Shannon Bontrager
Hosted by Alex Beckstrand

Hundreds of thousands of individuals perished in the epic conflict of the American Civil War. As battles raged and the specter of death and dying hung…

Eugene Rogan, "The Damascus Events: The 1860 Massacre and the Destruction of the Old Ottoman World" (Basic Book, 2024)

June 8, 2024

The Damascus Events

Eugene Rogan
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

The Damascus Events: The 1860 Massacre and the Destruction of the Old Ottoman World (Basic Book, 2024) recreates one of the watershed moments in the h…

David Stahel, "Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942" (FSG, 2019)

June 7, 2024

Retreat from Moscow

David Stahel
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

Germany’s winter campaign of 1941–1942 is commonly seen as the Wehrmacht's first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany's Winter Cam…

Citizen Soldiers, Republican Virtues, and the Roman Way of War: A Conversation with Steele Brand

June 6, 2024

Citizen Soldiers, Republican Virtues, and the Roman Way of War

Steele Brand
Hosted by Annika Nordquist

How was the Roman way of war unique, and what were the virtues that defined the Roman Republic? Are there lessons for modern Republics from the Roman …

Scott Crawford, "The Han-Xiongnu War, 133 BC-89 AD: The Struggle of China and a Steppe Empire Told Through Its Key Figures (Pen & Sword, 2023)

June 6, 2024

The Han-Xiongnu War, 133 Bc-89 Ad

Scott Crawford
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

For two centuries, the Xiongnu people–a vast nomadic empire that covered modern-day Siberia, Inner Mongolia, Gansu and Xinjiang—were one of the Han Dy…

Cathal J. Nolan, "The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost" (Oxford UP, 2019)

June 2, 2024

The Allure of Battle

Cathal J. Nolan
Hosted by Marshall Poe

History has tended to measure war's winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could…

Gary J. Bass, "Judgement at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia" (Knopf, 2023)

May 30, 2024

Judgement at Tokyo

Gary J. Bass
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

In December 1948, a panel of 12 judges sentenced 23 Japanese officials for war crimes. Seven, including former Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, were senten…

Peter Wetzler, "Imperial Japan and Defeat in the Second World War: The Collapse of an Empire" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

May 29, 2024

Imperial Japan and Defeat in the Second World War

Peter Wetzler
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Informed Western understanding of Imperial Japan still often conjures up images of militarism, blind devotion to leaders, and fanatical pride in the c…

Jan Grabowski, "On Duty: The Role of the Polish Blue and Criminal Police in the Holocaust" (Yad Vashem, 2024)

May 27, 2024

On Duty

Jan Grabowski
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

"The Polish Police, commonly called the Blue or uniformed police in order to avoid using the term “Polish,” has played a most lamentable role in the e…

Judy Batalion, "The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos" (William Morrow, 2021)

May 27, 2024

The Light of Days

Judy Batalion
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland--so…