New Books Network

Scott Mobley, “Progressives in Navy Blue: Maritime Strategy, American Empire, and the Transformation of U.S. Naval Identity, 1873-1898” (Naval Institute Press, 2018)
This episode of the New Books in Military History podcast is something of a sea change, so to speak, as we turn our attention to naval policy and strategy.  Institutional reform is a well-established topic in studies of the ground and air forces of the United States, ranging from Alexander... Read More
Sarah Stockwell, “The British End of the British Empire” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Great Britain was forced to give up the bulk of its vast, globe-spanning empire. While most histories of this process have examined it from the perspective of high politics and focused on matters of state construction, in The British End of the... Read More
Jessica Trisko Darden, Alexis Henshaw, and Ora Szekley, “Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars” (Georgetown UP, 2019)
Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2019) investigates the mobilization of female fighters, women’s roles in combat, and what happens to women when conflicts end. The book focuses on three case studies of asymmetric conflicts. Jessica Trisko Darden contributes research looking at Ukraine, Alexis Henshaw discusses... Read More
Fred S. Naiden, “Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The Macedonian king Alexander III is best remembered today for his many martial accomplishments and the empire he built from them. Yet as Fred S. Naiden details in Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great (Oxford University Press, 2018), this ignores what for his subjects were his... Read More
Monica Kim, “The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Monica Kim provides a fresh look at the Korean War with a people-centered approach that studies the experiences of prisoners of war. As the first major conflict after the 1949 Geneva Conventions, POW repatriation during the Korean War became a new battleground for the recognition of state sovereignty and a... Read More
Noah Coburn, “Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America’s Global War” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Noah Coburn‘s Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America’s Global War (Stanford University Press, 2018) is about the hidden workers of American’s foreign wars: third country nationals who while not serving in their country’s militaries, still work to support the American war effort. These men and women serve as laborers, cooks,... Read More
Andrew Lambert, “Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict That Made the Modern World” (Yale UP, 2018)
Andrew Lambert, Professor of Naval History at King’s College, London, author of eighteen books, and winner of the prestigious Anderson Medal—turns his attention in a book that historian Felipe Fernandez Armesto describes as full of ‘ambition’, ‘verve’ and at times ‘brilliance’ – to Athens, Carthage, Venice, the Dutch Republic, and Britain. In... Read More