New Books Network

Stanley D. M. Carpenter, “Southern Gambit: Cornwallis and the British March to Yorktown” (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)
Charles Lord Cornwallis’s campaign through the southern American colonies came to an ignominious close on October 19, 1781, on an open field outside Yorktown, Virginia. At approximately noon, Cornwallis’s beleaguered soldiers, exhausted and low on provisions, emerged from behind their fortifications, laid down their arms, and delivered the earl’s sword... Read More
Le’Trice D. Donaldson, “Duty Beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870-1920” (SIUP, 2020)
In her new book Duty Beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870-1920 (Southern Illinois University Press, 2020), Le’Trice D. Donaldson investigates how African American soldiers used their military service to challenge white notions of an African American second-class citizenry and forged a new... Read More
Why Did the Allies Win World War II?
Why did the Allies win World War II? In the this podcast of Arguing History, Professor of History Emeritus at Exeter University, Jeremy Black and Dr. Charles Coutinho of the Royal Historical Society, discuss the the respective roles of military resources vs. fighting quality in the Second World War. One... Read More
Kevin Miller, “Fight Fight” (Braveship Books, 2018)
In this interview we discuss Fight Fight (Braveship Books, 2018), book 3 of the Raven One series.  In Fight Fight, former aviator Kevin Miller explores the next big fight in the South China Seas when errors and miscalculations on the grandest scale drive the world’s greatest maritime powers into conflict.... Read More
Jeremy Black, “Military Strategy: A Global History” (Yale UP, 2020)
Jeremy Black, professor of history at Exeter University, is one of the most insightful historians of military strategy from early modernity to the present day. In his most recent book, Military Strategy: A Global History (Yale University Press, 2020), he sets out to demonstrate the ways in which strategic thinking... Read More
Pauline Shanks Kaurin, “On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community” (Naval Institute Press, 2020)
Obedience is integral to the military, to society, and to communities. To bring individuals together to work cohesively and successfully towards a common goal, be it seizing an objective on the battlefield, creating an enduring political or social project, or simply running a local soup kitchen, obedience must be present.... Read More
Alexander Watson, “The Fortress: The Siege of Przemysl and the Making of Europe’s Bloodlands” (Basic Books, 2020)
The opposing powers had already suffered casualties on a scale previously unimaginable by October 1914. On both the Western and Eastern fronts elaborate war plans lay in ruins and had been discarded in favour of desperate improvisation. In the West this soon resulted in the remorseless world of the trenches;... Read More
Alexander Mikaberidze, “The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Austerlitz, Wagram, Borodino, Trafalgar, Leipzig, Waterloo: these are the battles most closely associated with the Napoleonic Wars. But how did this period of nearly continuous warfare affect the world beyond Europe? The immensity of the fighting waged by France against England, Prussia, Austria, and Russia, and the immediate consequences of... Read More
Kate Imy, “Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In her fascinating and remarkable new book Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army (Stanford University Press, 2019), Kate Imy explores the negotiation of religious identity, military service, and imperial power in the context of twentieth century British India. How were preconceived British imperial notions of religion and... Read More