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Military Historians are People, Too! A Podcast with Brian & Bill

Military Historians are People, Too! A Podcast with Brian & Bill

By Brian Feltman & Bill Allison
Join Georgia Southern University history professors Brian Feltman and Bill Allison as they chat with fellow military historians and scholars of war and society about history, the historical profession, and life in general in a new podcast - Military Historians are People, Too!
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S1E14 Tammy Proctor - Utah State University

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S2E3 Adam Seipp, Texas A&M University
Today's guest is Adam R. Seipp, a Professor of History and Associate Dean in the Graduate and Professional School at Texas A&M University. Adam received all his degrees at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and before joining the faculty at Texas A&M he did visiting stints at UNC and Duke. He is the author of two monographs, Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-52 (Indiana 2013), and The Ordeal of Peace: Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany,  1917-21 (Routledge, 2009). He has also co-edited two volumes, Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective, with Michael Meng, (Berghahn 2017) and The Berlin Airlift and the Making of the Cold War, with John Schuessler and Thomas Sullivan (Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming, Fall 2022). In addition, Adam has presented his work in at least nine countries, published more than a dozen book chapters, and placed articles in some of the leading journals in his fields, including War and Society, Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of Military History, Central European History, and War in History. His research has been supported by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., among others. His current book project is Base Politics, Local Politics, and the Cold War Transformation of Germany, 1945-1995, a social history of the American military presence in Germany. Adam is active in the Society for Military History, the German Studies Association, and the American Historical Association. Adam is using his position in the Dean’s Office at A&M to broaden opportunities available to PhDs in the liberal arts, and we are excited to talk to him about his work and views on the future of the discipline. Join us for a truly engaging chat with Adam Seipp - musicals, Son Volt, and the most eloquent and impassioned BBQ treatise to date! Rec. 04/15/2022
01:38:37
June 21, 2022
S2E2 Ed Gitre, Virgnia Tech
Our guest today is Ed Gitre, an assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech University. He joined Virginia Tech as a Visiting Assistant in 2014 and went tenure track in 2017. Before joining Virginia Tech, he was an instructor at Seattle University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Ed received his BA at the University of Michigan, an MA in Theological Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, an MA in History from the University of Manchester (UK), and a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University.  He is the director of the American Soldier in WWII Project, a crowd-sourcing project that has led to the transcription and digitization of thousands of pages of WWII soldiers’ commentaries on their war experiences. Under Ed’s direction, the project has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Perhaps most impressively, the project has been made possible by the commitment of tens of thousands of volunteers from around the globe. The project has blown up on the internet and has been discussed in multiple publications, including Stripes and the Washington Post. In addition to his work with the American Soldier in WWII Project, Ed is completing two book projects: “Breaking the Chain: World War II and the Battle over White Supremacy” & “The Lonely Crowd: David Riesman, Jr. and America’s Conformity.” He has presented and published his work widely, and it’s safe to say that Ed is changing our conceptions of history is done in the digital age. Born and raised near Ft. Worth, Texas, Ed has a unique story and also has strong views on BBQ. Join us for a fascinating chat with Ed Gitre! Rec. 04/07/2022
01:39:50
June 14, 2022
S2E1 Michelle Moyd - Indiana University, Bloomington
Michelle Moyd is the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and the Associate Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a specialist in the history of Eastern Africa and she wears a lot of hats at IU. Michelle received her undergraduate degree at Princeton University, her MA at the University of Florida, and a second MA and a PhD at Cornell University. Before pursuing her PhD, Michelle spent 8 years in the Air Force as an intel officer, serving in Germany and Somalia. She is the author of Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East and she is the co-editor, with Yuliya Komska and David Gramling, of Linguistic Disobedience: Restoring Power to Civic Language. Michelle has also authored more than a dozen articles and essays, including contributions to First World War Studies, Radical History Review, and some excellent edited volumes: Santanu Das’ Race, Empire, and First World War Experience and Tammy Proctor and Susan Grayzel’s Gender and the Great War. Her latest book, Africa, Africans, and the First World War, is currently under contract with Cambridge University Press. Michelle’s work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and the International Research Center Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, Berlin, and the Institute for Historical Studies at UT Austin. Michelle has her finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the profession beyond the military history field and she is on the editorial boards of the Journal of African Military History, the Journal of Military History, First World War Studies, Central European History, and the British Journal of Military History, and Ohio University’s African Military Histories series. She contributed to an essay forum on the impact of COVID-19 on scholars of European History edited by Christian Goeschel, Dominique Reill, and Lucy Riall in the journal Central European History (Vol. 54, Issue 4, December 2021), that discussed among many things her COVID lockdown Facebook diary. Her public service ranges from giving public lectures to fighting to keep Nazis out of Bloomington’s Farmers’ Market. Michelle has presented her work all over the world, and we are most appreciative that she will be adding our little podcast to her amazing list of media appearances!  Rec. 03/18/2022
01:21:46
June 07, 2022
S1E25 Michael S. Neiberg - US Army War College
Today's guest is the affable and beardless Michael S. Neiberg. Mike holds the Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Before moving to the Army War College full time, he served there as the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor. From 2005 to 2011, Mike was Professor of History and the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. He spent the first seven years of his career in the Department of History at the United States Air Force Academy. A native of Pittsburgh, Mike attended “that school up north,” the University of Michigan, as an undergrad, and he completed his MA and PhD in History at Carnegie Mellon. Mike is a prolific scholar. He has authored more than a dozen books, including When France Fell: The Vichy Crisis and the Fate of the Anglo-American Alliance (Harvard 2021), The Treaty of Versailles: A Concise History (Oxford, 2018), The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America (Oxford, 2017), Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe (Basic Books, 2015) which won the Harry Truman Prize, The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944 (Basic Books, 2012) which won the Madigan Award, Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of War in 1914 (Harvard, 2011), The Second Battle of the Marne (Indiana University Press, 2008) which won the Tomlinson Prize for best English-language book on World War I, and Fighting the Great War: A Global History (Harvard University Press, 2005) which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award in 2006. In addition, Mike has published numerous articles and essays in edited volumes and he has presented his work all over the world. Mike’s work has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Harry Truman Presidential Library, The Spencer Foundation, among many others. He is a frequent speaker at museums and universities across the United States and beyond, and he appears frequently on television (C-SPAN), radio. And - wait for it! - podcasts!  Mike is a writing machine and he is always on the go. We are happy that he was able to be with us. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MichaelNeiberg. Join us for a chat about teaching, choosing a research topic, uses of history, and Pittsburgh toilets (yes, you read correctly)! Rec. 02/25/2022
01:11:57
May 10, 2022
S1E24 Jonathan Jones, Virginia Military Institute - LIVE at Georgia Southern University!
Our guest for this very special LIVE recording of Military Historians are People, Too! is Jonathan S. Jones. Jonathan is an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Military Institute, where he also serves as Deputy Director in the Adams Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis. Before joining the faculty at VMI, Jonathan was the Inaugural Postdoctoral Scholar in Civil War History at Penn State University’s George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. Jonathan earned his BA at Dallas Baptist University, then an MA at Texas Christian University, and finally at SUNY Binghamton, where he completed a doctoral dissertation titled “Opium Slavery: Veterans and Addiction in the American Civil War Era.” That dissertation won the Anne C. Bailey Dissertation Award from the Society of Civil War Historians and was a finalist for the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Prize. He is currently working on turning his dissertation into a book, which is under advanced contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Jonathan’s articles have appeared in the Journal of the Civil War Era and Psychiatric Times, and he has also written for the Washington Post, VICE, The Civil War Monitor, and Slate, among others. We want to thank a few people and organizations who helped make this live event possible. Fran Aultman, the office manager in the Department of History at Georgia Southern University handled all of our logistics and we appreciate her help. Our guest, Jonathan Jones, is with us courtesy of a Teagle Foundation Grant, organized by our colleague Dr. Felicity Turner - we appreciate the part she and the Teagle Foundation played in making this happen and for bringing Jonathan Jones to campus. So join us for a great chat with Jonathan Jones in front of a student audience - we'll cover growing up playing video games in a small town outside of Ft. Worth, getting interested in the Civil War, teaching, and his interest in drugs (in relation to Civil War soldiers - come on, people!). Of course, BBQ will be on the menu! Rec. 04/12/2022
01:04:30
May 03, 2022
S1E23 Peter Johnston - RAF Museum, London
Peter Johnston is the Head of Collections and Research at the Royal Air Force Museum in London, a position that requires him to be an active researcher and work with the academic and military communities, and get to play with really cool airplane stuff! Before joining the RAF Museum, Peter was the Head of Collections, Research, and Academic Access at the National Army Museum in London (where he also got to play with really cool stuff!). He has also worked as a researcher for the Centre for Social Justice, and his work primarily involved researching governmental policies and their impact on UK veterans as they transitioned back into civilian life. Peter also served as a research assistant for the British Library’s Propaganda, Power, and Persuasion exhibit back in 2013. He’s a teacher as well. He held a visiting lecturer position at the University of Westminster and was an assistant lecturer at the University of Kent. Peter earned his undergraduate and MA degrees in History at the University of Durham and then a PhD at the University of Kent. His doctoral dissertation examined the British armed forces in the Falklands War.  Peter’s first book, British Forces in Germany, 1945-2019: The Lived Experience was published in 2019. He has also published on propaganda associated with military recruitment and museum collections. Peter has a considerable media presence, and his commentary has been featured on BBC, in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Express, BBC Breakfast, and Good Morning Britain.  You can follow Peter on Twitter @PeteAJohnston. Peter’s roles as a researcher and a curator give him some valuable insight into what’s going on with military history and public history, and we’re thrilled to have him joining us from across the pond. So join us for a truly fascinating chat that involves Spitfires, Airfix Kits, Chinooks, Six Nations Rugby, the Bekonscot Model Village, and, of course, the BBQ Question! Postscript - Peter delighted in Italy's victory over Wales in the Six Nations Rugby! Rec.03/16/2022
01:39:16
April 26, 2022
S1E22 Joyce Harrison - University Press of Kansas
Joyce Harrison is Editor-in-Chief at the University Press of Kansas. She has nearly thirty years of experience in the publishing industry, and she has done it all: contracts and subsidiary rights, foreign rights, acquisitions, and editor in chief. Joyce started as an assistant editor at the University of Chicago Press, and has served as an acquisitions editor at the University of Michigan Press, the University of South Carolina Press, the University of Tennessee Press, and Kent State University Press. She was editor-in-chief at the University Press of Kentucky before moving to The Ranch at Lawrence in 2016. Growing up near Baltimore, Joyce earned a BA in music with a concentration in music history at Towson University in Maryland, and she went on to earn an MA in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Before joining the university press world, she started a PhD program in music history and theory at the University of Chicago and remains an avid jazz and classical music fan.  Joyce is always willing to share her insights into the publishing industry and has done so in several venues, including panels at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for Military History, and the Southern Historical Association, among others. Joyce has served in various capacities with the Association of University Presses, including helping organize University Press Week and hosting webinars with agents. Joyce is an amazing resource on scholarly book publishing and the direction and trends of military history. Join us for a very interesting and entertaining chat with Joyce Harrison - including the challenges of working with Bill as Series Editor for Modern War Studies and, of course, the BBQ discussion!  Rec. 02/18/2022
01:39:44
April 19, 2022
S1E21 Vanda Wilcox - Independent Scholar, Milan
Dr. Vanda Wilcox is an independent scholar who makes her home in Milan, Italy. She received her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford. After finishing her Ph.D., she held a two-year junior research fellowship at Oxford. Vanda moved to Rome in 2008 and accepted adjunct positions at John Cabot University and Trinity College (Connecticut) Rome campus. She spent the next twelve years in Rome before relocating to Paris. In Paris, she taught for NYU and the Council for International Educational Exchange. Vanda is the author of The Italian Empire and the Great War (Oxford 2021), and Morale and the Italian Army during the First World War (Cambridge 2016). She is also the editor of Italy in the Era of the Great War (Brill 2018), and she has written more than a dozen refereed articles and essays.  Vanda has presented her research all over Europe and the United States, and she is heavily involved in numerous professional organizations, including the International Society for First World War Studies, the Society for Military History, and the Association for the Study of Modern Italy.  Vanda and her family have lived in Rome, Paris, and now Milan, where she continues her historical research and also offers research services for other scholars. She is a sewist, a baker, a gamer, a one-time scriptwriter, and an AS Roma supporter - and a cat person (Byron). Follow Vanda on Twitter @Vanda_Wilcox. We hope you enjoy our chat with Vanda Wilcox! Rec. 02/10/2022
01:24:11
April 12, 2022
S1E20 Stuart Mitchell - Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
Dr Stuart Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He earned a BA in Journalism and Contemporary History from Queen Mary University of London in 2006. He then earned an MA in the History of Warfare at King’s College, London in 2007 and went on to complete his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2014. Stuart specializes in the history of the British Army during the First World War and is now looking at the development of insurgencies and counterinsurgency practices. His book first book, titled Counterinsurgency: Theory and Reality (Casemate 2021), was co-authored with Daniel Whittingham. Stuart also has a collection of essays titled A Military Transformed? Adaptation and Innovation in the British Military, 1792-1945, which he co-edited with Michael LoCicero and Ross Mahoney, and has published several articles and essay, as one would expect from Sandhurst senior lecturer!  Stuart is a frequent lecturer around the UK and in Europe, including talks at the Portuguese Defence Academy and Uzbekistan’s National Defense Academy. Along with Friend-of-the Pod Jonathan Boff, Stuart was heavily involved in Operation Reflect, the British Army’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, supporting all three major battlefield studies in 2014, 2016, and 2018, putting to use his extensive experience supporting civilian and military tours across the Western Front and Normandy battlefields. Stuart was also a member of the editorial team that founded the British Journal of Military History, the first open-access journal specializing in war studies in the UK.  Growing up in Staffordshire just outside of Birmingham, Stuart spent his first six months of life living above a pub! And, he still knows how to pull a pint. A long-time Aston Villa supporter, Stuart can be found in the supporter stands at Villa Park on Trinity Road in Birmingham. Follow Stuart on Twitter @SBTMitchell - good stuff! Recently on a Fleetwood Mac kick, Stuart also is a cat person (next cat name - Cat Von Clawswitz!) - we accept him thusly and hope you enjoy Stuart Mitchell! Rec. 02/09/2022
01:50:30
April 05, 2022
S1E19 Kara Dixon Vuic - Texas Christian University
Kara Dixon Vuic is the Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University. She received her BA in History and English at Marshall University and her MA and PhD from Indiana University. Before making the move to TCU, she held faculty positions at Bridgewater College in VA and Highpoint University in NC. She is the author most recently of The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines (Harvard University Press, 2019). Her first book Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins, 2010) won the Lavinia L. Dock Book Award, American Association for the History of Nursing (2010), the American Journal of Nursing Books of the Year Award in History and Public Policy (2010), and was a Finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award. She also edited The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military (2017) and was part of the editorial team for Managing Sex in the U.S. Military Gender, Identity, and Behavior, which is set to appear with the University of Nebraska Press in May 2022. Kara has also published numerous essays and articles, and she is the co-editor for the University of Nebraska Press’ Studies in War, Society, and the Military series. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Army Heritage and Education Center, the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the American Historical Association, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Foundation, among many others. Kara has written for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Dallas Morning News, and she has also served as a consultant for television and radio programs. She’s a Trustee of the Society for Military History, and she has a list of invited talks and conference presentations a mile long, so we’re glad she agreed to add this interview to the list of prestigious things she’s done recently. Join us for a great chat with Kara - Mumford and Sons, financial frugality, and yes, the BBQ question will make an appearance. Follow Kara on Twitter @KaraDixonVuic. Thundering Herd! Rec. 02/11/2022
01:37:07
March 29, 2022
S1E18 Beth Bailey - University of Kansas
Our guest today is the award-winning teacher and scholar Beth Bailey. Beth is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and the Director of the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas, which includes the amazing resource for military history instructors - Teaching Military History. She is the author of America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force, Sex in the Heartland, The First Strange Place: Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii, and From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America. In addition, she has edited or co-edited numerous volumes, including Managing Sex in the U.S. Military, which she did with Kara Vuic; Alesha Doan; Shannon Portillo. Beth was educated at Northwestern and the University of Chicago. Before making the move to the University of Kansas, Beth taught at Barnard College, The University of New Mexico, and Temple University. She has spoken all over the world and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Indonesia. Beth’s research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has received the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award on two occasions, and she was elected to the Society of American Historians in 2017. In 2021, Beth was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Finally, just yesterday she was named the recipient of the 2022 Balfour Jeffrey Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, which is one of the University of Kansas’ prestigious Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards. Beth is the co-editor with Andrew Preston of the Military, War, and Society in Modern U.S. History series at Cambridge University Press and she is extremely active in a number of professional associations, including the Society for Military History.  Beth is one of the most respected and generous people in the field of military history, and we are pleased that she made the time to sit down with us today. She's come far from parents who sat in the flea-infested Fox Theater in Atlanta on their first date and for one who is agnostic about Kansas basketball (living dangerously like that in Lawrence!)! Follow Beth on Twitter @BethLynnBailey. BONUS - Beth and her husband historian David Farber have one of the most spectacular prairie homes you'll ever see. Check out their Kansas Longhouse outside Lawrence. Rec. 01/25/2022
01:14:07
March 22, 2022
S1E17 Kelly DeVries - Loyola University, Maryland
Our guest today is Medival historan Kelly DeVries. Kelly is a Professor of History at Loyola University in Maryland, and is a world-renown historian of medieval military history. He has published widely - he is the author of A Cumulative Bibliography of Medieval Military History and Technology, which won the Verbruggen Prize for the best book in medieval military history in 2007. He shared a Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award with his co-author, Michael Livingston, in 2017 for The Battle of Crecy: A Casebook. His many other publications include Joan of Arc: A Military Leader, The Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy, 1363-1477, and Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century: Discipline, Tactics, and Technology. These are merely a few of his numerous monographs and co-authored books. Kelly has also written more than 100 articles, that’s right, 100. Kelly attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate and earned his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at The Centre of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He was the General Mark W. Clark Visiting Chair of Military History at the Citadel in 2011-2012, and he is an Honorary Historical Consultant at the Royal Armouries, UK.  He serves as editor of the Journal of Medieval Military History and as co-editor of the History of Warfare series from Brill Publishers. Kelly has held just about every possible office in the Society for Military History, including trustee. He also served as a trustee and secretary-general of the United States Commission on Military History.  Kelly has appeared on the History Channel and National Geographic Channel, and his credits include History vs. Hollywood, Barbarians, and The Plague. Kelly’s knowledge of warfare in the medieval world is unrivaled. Check out his podcast Bow and Blade, which Kelly co-hosts with Michael Livingston.  If you want to know anything about medieval military history, and where to eat in Charleston, Kelly DeVries is your go-to guy. Rec. 01/26/2022
01:27:03
March 15, 2022
S1E16 Wayne Lee - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Today's MHPT guest is Wayne Lee, the Bruce W. Carney Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (to not confuse with those other Universities of North Carolina). Wayne earned his Ph.D. from Duke University and is currently on loan to the USAF School for Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, as the Colin S. Gray Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies. At Chapel Hill, Wayne is also an Adjunct Professor in the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense and also a Research Associate in the UNC Research Laboratory in Archeology. In 2015/16, he was the Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army War College. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, he was an assistant professor of history at the University of Louisville.  A specialist in warfare in colonial and revolutionary America, Wayne has branched out into the world history arena with his interest in war and culture. He publishes prolifically in history and archeology, including Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina: The Culture of Violence in Riot and War, Barbarians and Brothers: Anglo-American Warfare, 1500-1865, and Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History. He is also the editor or co-editor of numerous volumes, including The Other Face of Battle: Combat in America's Forgotten Wars and Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World. In 2007 he was among the editors recognized by the Society for Military History's Distinguished Reference Book Award for The Encyclopedia of War and American Society. In 2014, with co-authors Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, and Zamir Tafilicahe, he won the Society for American Archaeology’s Scholarly Book of the Year award for Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania. Born in Germany to a military family, Wayne was a combat engineer officer in the US Army, serving in Germany and the First Gulf War, before deciding to pursue graduate work in history. He’s a whitewater kayaker, a traditional archery enthusiast, and does some blacksmith work. A Renaissance Man, if there ever was one - if you need a bourbon recommendation, he's the person to ask! Follow Wayne on Twitter @MilHist_Lee. Join us for an engaging chat with Wayne Lee! Rec. 01/17/2022
01:31:23
March 08, 2022
S1E15 Aimée Fox - King's College, London
Today we chat with Dr. Aimée Fox, Senior Lecturer for Defence Studies at King's College, London. Aimée earned her Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham, working under Freind of the Pod Jonathan Boff, and she also served as a Teaching Fellow in the History of Warfare at Birmingham. Aimée was also a Visiting Scholar at the Australian Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. Her first book, Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914-1918, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018, winning the Templer Medal for Best First Book as well as the British Army Military Book of the Year for 2018.   Aimée has also published her work in The English Historical Review, War & Society, and War in History, and she is editing a scholarly edition of the papers of Major General Guy Dawnay for the Army Records Society. Her research has been funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and she has held fellowships from the Australian Defence Force, The Australian War Memorial, The Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare at the US Marine Corps University, and the Royal British Legion. Having only finished her Ph.D. in 2015, Aimée has already been elected a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy, and she is a Trustee of the Society for Military History. She served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Military History and is presently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the British Journal for Military History. Perhaps most impressively, she’s got more than 8,000 Twitter followers @DrAEFox. She is currently pursuing two research projects: first, an exploration of the importance of social relations, gossip, and informal networks to the process of innovation, and the ways in which the social politics of military organizations help or hinder innovation with a particular focus on the role of command and leadership; and secondly, an examination of the emotional mobilization of women during the First World War, exploring how intimacy, feelings, labor, and family were co-opted and exploited by the British military and the ways in which this was negotiated and contested by women. Along with Michael Finch and David Morgan-Owen, Aimée also has a forthcoming edited collection of outstanding essays titled Framing the First World War: Knowledge, Learning and Military Thought, to be published by the University Press of Kansas as part of Modern War Studies. What a delightful chat with the equally delightful Aimée Fox! We'll discuss what is an Essex Girl, taking sad-naps as an Everton supporter, and BBQ in Georgia, which she has experienced! Yes, we'll talk about her work, having a 7-month old lab puppy (Freddie!), and being married to a military historian, apparently of some repute. Join us! Rec. 01/13/2022
01:22:29
March 01, 2022
S1E14 Tammy Proctor - Utah State University
Our guest today is Tammy Proctor, Distinguished Professor of History and former Chair of the History at Utah State University in the lovely Cache Valley in Northern Utah. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Tammy earned undergraduate degrees in Journalism and History at the University of Missouri, then a MA and PhD in History at Rutgers. Her previous university positions include the H.O. Hirt Professor of History at Wittenberg University in Ohio and Assistant Professor at Lakeland College in Wisconsin. Tammy is a war and society scholar of The Great War, focusing on civilian/non-combatant experiences and gender. Her many books include Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War (NYU Press), Civilians in a World at War, 1914-1918 (NYU Press), Gender and the Great War (co-edited with Susan Grayzel, Oxford University Press), and An English Governess in the Great War: The Secret Brussels Diary of Mary Thorp (co-authored with Sophie de Schaepdrijver, Oxford University Press). Tammy is also a scholar of the Scouting movement and has published several works on that topic, including Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Praeger) and On My Honour: Guides and Scouts in Interwar Britain (American Philosophical Society). Her current research is on American humanitarian aid to Europe during the war. Among many awards, Tammy was named Researcher of the Year for 2019 by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium in 2004-2005, and is a Fellow of the International Society for First World War Studies. She served on the Utah World War I Centennial Commission and the Utah State University War Memorial Planning Committee. Very, very busy! Join us for our chat with Tammy about getting into history, how World War I became her focus of study, being a Department Head, Kansas City, hiking in Utah, and dealing with the cold and snow in the Cache Valley. And, of course, BBQ, and Tammy's favorite Girl Scout cookie! Enjoy as well Tammy deftly deflecting Bill's "Girl Scouts are Fascists" bait and a cut of an extended Girl Scout cookie discussion between Brian and Bill during the break. Smart cookies. Rec. 01/11/2022
01:19:42
February 22, 2022
S1E13 Annie Tracy Samuel - University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Today's guest is a junior scholar who just published her first book, with Cambridge no less! Annie Tracy Samuel is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. (magna cum laude) in history from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in history and political science from Columbia University. She specializes in the modern history of Iran and the Middle East. Annie's scholarship has been published in International Security, Diplomatic History, and Harvard’s International Security Discussion Papers series, and her commentary on current events has been featured by The Hill, Lawfare, CNN, The Atlantic, and ABC News Channel 9. She has presented her work at the Middle East Studies Association, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, and the American Historical Association, and she has participated in policy briefings at the U.S. Departments of Defense and State. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Annie served as a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including The Huffington Post and the Harvard Political Review. Her book on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Iran-Iraq War, entitled The Unfinished History of the Iran-Iraq War: Faith, Firepower, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was just published by Cambridge University Press in November 2021. She is neck-deep into her second book project, titled The Long Road to Jerusalem: Iran, the Revolutionary Guards, and Israel-Palestine. Annie is also president of the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society and has earned several teaching and research awards, including a Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Visiting Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, and a research grant from the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa and the Moroccan-American Cultural Center. A sport-climbing enthusiast and gear-head with a Prius, Annie brings a fresh and new perspective to Middle Eastern studies and the neglected Iran-Iraq War and its impact on the Middle East. Join us! Rec. 01/05/2022
01:19:14
February 15, 2022
S1E12 Megan Kate Nelson - Historian and Writer, Boston
Today's guest is Megan Kate Nelson, a 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History finalist for her outstanding book The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (Scribner, 2020), which also earned the following mentions: Smithsonian Magazine's Top Ten History Books of 2020 Civil War Monitor's Top Civil War Books of 2020 2021 Emerging Civil War Book Award 2021 Pate Award, Fort Worth (Tex.) Civil War Roundtable Business Insider's 23 Best History Books Written by Women Finalist, 2021 Reading the West Book Award (Narrative Non-Fiction) Fifty Books of the West List, Tattered Cover Bookstore and the Colorado Sun Wow! Some years ago, Megan left the academic world to become a full-time writer after teaching U.S. history and American Studies for several years at Texas Tech, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown. She earned her B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. Megan is primarily a historian of the American Civil War, the U.S. West, and popular culture. She has written related pieces for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Preservation Magazine, and Civil War Times. Megan's column on Civil War popular culture, "Stereoscope," appears regularly in Civil War Monitor. She is also the author of Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, 2009) and Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (Georgia, 2012). A recent electee to the Society of American Historians, Megan's latest project is Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America, which Scribner will publish in March 2022. We've seen galleys - what a story! Megan is also an avid cyclist and cocktail enthusiast - we'll also ask her about BBQ preferences. And her Twitter feed is worth your enjoyment - @megankatenelson, as is her blog Historista is both provocative and instructive for historians and anyone interested in history. Join us as we enter unchartered territory taking with a Pulitizer finalist! A little Calusetwizian Electronic Friction - Brian's mic went out halfway through. He showed his genius in quickly switching to the built-in computer mic - he'll suddenly get a little louder! Rec. 12/21/2021
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February 08, 2022
S1E11 Jennifer Keene - Chapman University
Today's guest is Great War scholar Jennifer Keene. Jennifer is Professor of History and Dean of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University. She earned her Ph.D. in history from Carnegie Mellon University, after getting a B.A. and M.A. in history from Georgia Washington University. A specialist on the American soldier and veteran experience of World War I, she is the author of Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), World War I: The American Soldier Experience (Nebraska, 2011), and The United States and the First World War (2nd edition, Routledge, 2021). She is also the lead author for Visions of America: A History of the United States (Pearson, 2010) that uses a visual approach to teaching students U.S. history. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to France and Australia, and a Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies. She served as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (Sage, 2005), which won the Society of Military History's prize for best military history reference book. She co-edited with Michael Neiberg Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies (2011). She has published numerous essays and journal articles on the First World War, and has also served as a historical consultant for exhibits and films, and as an associate editor of the Journal of First World War Studies. She is also a general editor for 1914-1918 Online: An International Encyclopedia of the First World War, a fabulous digital humanities project and outstanding resource on the Great War. She served as President of the Society of Military History in 2018-2019.  As you can imagine, she was very busy during the Great War Centenary and is now burdened with the demands of deanly leadership and advocating for the Humanities at Chapman. We'll dive into both and more - the debacle that was the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, the near debacle of Bill forgetting to hit "record," the obligation to mentor junior colleagues, and remembering the late and truly wonderful Jeffrey Grey. Also - all of life's questions can be addressed via rowing. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @DrJenniferKeene - Join us for a wonderful chat with Jennifer Keene! Rec. 12/16/2021
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February 01, 2022
S1E10 Daniel Krebs - US Army War College/University of Louisville
Today we're chatting with the refined and gentlemanly Daniel Krebs. Daniel is the Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Chair in the Department of National Security and Strategy in the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. At the War College, he offers courses on how prisoners of war impact strategic decision-making. Daniel is on loan to the War College from the University of Louisville, where he is Associate Professor of History specializing in Colonial & Revolutionary America and Military History. He received his undergraduate and M.A. degrees at the University of Augsburg in Germany before crossing the Atlantic to earn his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2007. His dissertation was awarded the 2008 Parker-Schmitt Dissertation Award for the Best Dissertation in European History by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association. In 2005-2006, he was the Society of the Cincinnati and Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In Spring 2010, he was Donald L. Saunders Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, R.I.  Daniel's research focuses on how warfare shaped colonial and revolutionary America and the Atlantic world. His first book, A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War during the American Revolution, was published with Oklahoma University Press in 2013, and he recently put out a nice co-edited volume with "friend of the pod" Lorien Foote titled Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Journal of Military History and Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift, which is the top German-language military history journal. Daniel has published essays in some significant edited volumes. Perhaps most importantly, he contributed an essay titled "Ritual Performance: Surrender during the American War of Independence" in Hew Strahan and Holger Afflerbach's How Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender (Oxford, 2012). Daniel has been recognized for his work with graduate students at the University of Louisville, where he served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of History. He also served in the German Bundeswehr and reached the rank of Lt. Col.! He's also a long-suffering supporter of F.C. Augsburg and a Peleton junkie (but we'll overlook that). Join us for our chat with Daniel Krebs! Rec. 12/13/2021
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January 25, 2022
S1E9 Alexander Watson - Goldsmiths, University of London
Today's guest is Alexander Watson. Alex is Professor of History at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a renowned scholar of the First World War and modern Germany. He was educated at Oxford University and finished his Ph.D. there in 2005 under the direction of Niall Ferguson. Watson was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge from 2008-2011 and then spent two years in Poland at Warsaw University as a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow. His first book, Enduring the Great War: Combat, Morale and Collapse in the German and British Armies, 1914-1918, was published with Cambridge in 2008 and won the Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library's Fraenkel Prize.  That was just the beginning of his time in the spotlight. His second book, Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, was published by Allen Lane/Basic Books (2014) and went on to win the Wolfson History Prize, The Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, The Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award, and the British Army Military Book of the Year Award. His most recent book, The Fortress: The Siege of Przemysl and the Making of Europe's Bloodlands, was also published by Allen Lane/Basic Books (2019). That book was a finalist in all of the competitions mentioned above, and it secured Watson's second Distinguished Book Award from The Society for Military History. Alex is now working on a political and sensory history of the July 1932 election in Weimar Germany. Over half of the electorate chose radical, anti-system parties of the far left and far right, effectively voting Germany's first, fragile democracy out of existence. In this watershed election, the book explores the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and even touch to better understand this violent and emotional time when the Nazis became the political power in Germany and took a decisive step on the road to establishing the Third Reich. Watch Babylon Berlin on Netflix - you'll get a sense of it. Watson has published more than 17 additional articles and essays, and he appears on radio, television, and podcasts, and now he's slumming with us on Military Historians are People, Too!. It is no exaggeration to say that Alex is a star in the field of military history, and we are thrilled to have him on the show.  Rec. 12/09/2021
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January 18, 2022
S1E8 Ron Milam - Texas Tech University
Today's guest is Ron Milam, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and Associate Professor of History at Texas Tech University. Ron earned his Ph.D. at the University of Houston "a little later life," and at Texas Tech teaches the Vietnam War and graduate and undergraduate courses in Military History. His latest teaching interest is terrorism and insurgency, which developed from his being named an Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He served as a Fulbright Scholar to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and as the Academic Advisor for the semi-annual Vietnam Center-sponsored student trips to Vietnam and Cambodia. He is a founding faculty advisor to the Texas Tech Veterans' Association. He is now Executive Director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict at Texas Tech, which includes the world-renowned Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Digital Archive. The annual conferences put on by the Texas Tech Vietnam Center are a mainstay for any Vietnam scholar - Ron has been both architect and participant in these conferences for years. Ron is the author of Not a Gentleman's War: an Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War, published by the University of North Carolina Press, and the editor of The Vietnam War in Popular Culture: The Influence of America's Most Controversial War on Everyday Life (2 volumes), published by ABC-CLIO/Praeger. He is currently working on "The Siege of Phu Nhon: Montagnards and Americans as Allies in Battle," which deals with one of the most significant battles in the late days of the Vietnam War.  Ron is a Texas Tech Teaching Academy member, recipient of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Council Excellence in Teaching Award, the President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship. He serves on the Board of Directors of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation, which operates the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and was appointed by Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Robert Wilke to the Veteran's Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation (VACOR).  Ron's military decorations include a Bronze Star for valor and a Bronze Star for service,  an Army Commendation Medal for valor and one for service, the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry with Bronze Palm, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist's Badge, and the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 stars. In 2015, Ron was inducted into the Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia. He rides and collects motorcycles and is one of the most generous people in the military history world. Join us for our chat with Ron Milam! Rec. 11/18/2021
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January 11, 2022
S1E7 Jacqueline Whitt - US Army War College
Today we chat with Dr. Jacqueline Whitt. Jackie is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security Studies and Associate Professor of Strategy at the US Army War College. She is also the editor-in-chief of WAR ROOM, the online journal and podcast of the Army War College. Currently, she is detailed as the Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for the Organizational Learning Unit in the Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources for the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State. There, she is leading the writing and publication of the first-ever doctrine for public diplomacy and helping to stand up a new unit to support learning for organizations and individuals for public diplomacy to remain relevant and adaptable in a complex and changing information environment. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She writes about strategic theory, grand strategy, and narrative and also about the social and cultural history of the US military and, especially, the history of integrating minoritized communities into the armed forces. She has published books, articles, and chapters on a variety of topics. Her books include Bringing God to Men: American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which won the Coffman Prize from the Society for Military History for best first manuscript and the Richard W. Leopold Prize from the Organization of American Historians, for the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian. With Kyle Longley, Jackie also published Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam (2nd edition, Routledge, 2020). Her current research includes a book project titled “War Stories: Narrative and American Strategy since 1945,” which is under review by the University of North Carolina Press, and a book chapter titled “Managing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression” in Managing Sex: The Intersection of History and Policy in the US Military, edited by Kara Dixon Vuic and Beth Bailey (forthcoming with University of Nebraska Press, May 2022). Before coming to Carlisle Barracks, Jackie taught at the Air War College and the US Military Academy at West Point. She is active in the Society for Military History, Model UN, and several other organizations, has been recognized for teaching excellence at the Army War College, Air War College, and West Point, and serves on the editorial board of Modern War Studies for the University Press of Kansas. She is a compulsive blogger, Tweeter, and overall social media junkie, and contributes to discussions on everything from grand strategy to LBGTQ+ issues in the military at every opportunity. She is a lowly staff officer to the Joint Chiefs of Cats - General Sherman and Admiral Farragut -  at Joint Base Whitt in Carlisle, PA, and Tweets as @notabattlechick (follow her!) Rec. 12/02/2021
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January 04, 2022
S1E6 Kyle Longley - Chapman University
Join us for a chat with Kyle Longley, Professor of History and Director of the War & Society MA Program in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of History at Chapman University. Kyle began as a historian of American foreign relations and diplomatic history but has gravitated toward war and society studies both in teaching and research. A native of Texas, Kyle earned his bachelor's degree in history at Angelo State University, then an MA in history from Texas Tech, before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. In 1995, he began a long academic posting as the Snell Family Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University. While in Tempe, Kyle published like a man possessed. His many books include The Sparrow and the Hawk: Costa Rica and the United States During the Rise of José Figueres (1997), In the Eagle's Shadow: The United States and Latin America (2003, 2nd edition 2009), Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam (2008, 2nd edition 2020), The Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War (2013), LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Uphaveal (2018), and the co-authored, In Harm's Way: A History of the American Military Experience (2019). He is currently writing The Forever Soldiers: Americans at War in Afghanistan and Iraq (for Cambridge University Press) and The Unlucky Ones: Lima Company and the Marines in Iraq. Kyle is an award-winning university teacher. The Associated Students of Arizona State named him the Centennial Professor as the outstanding teacher at ASU. He was also awarded the Zebulon Pearce Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities and the ASU Habitat for Humanity "Making the World a Cooler Place to Live" Teaching Award. That's some serious teaching chops. After a brief stint as Director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Kyle joined the faculty in the History Department at Chapman University in 2020, where he runs the War & Society MA program. He speaks worldwide, including at Bill's mother's retirement community - Longhorn Village - in Austin (his mother loves Kyle!).  And a PS for this episode - we experienced some audio difficulties that we mostly but not completely fixed, being the amateurs that we are. Also, Dr. Longley's computer notifications "beeped" several times, attesting to his popularity. And we also corrected Dr. Longley after recording as to the correct pronunciation of Lima, Ohio! Remember, he's a Latin Americanist at heart. He's such a great guy! We're excited to talk with him - so join us with Kyle Longley on Military Historians are People, Too! Rec. 11/16/2021
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December 28, 2021
S1E5 Jonathan Boff - University of Birmingham UK
Today's guest is Great War scholar Jonathan Boff. Jonathan is a Reader in History and War Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches courses on conflict from Homer to Helmand. He specializes in the First World War. He is currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow, researching a book on Money in Wartime which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024. His last monograph, Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front, 1914-18 was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. It won the British Army Book of the Year award, and was joint winner of the World War One Association’s Tomlinson Prize. His previous book, Winning and Losing on the Western Front: The British Third Army and the Defeat of Germany in 1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was short-listed for the Templer Medal and for the British Army Book of the Year award. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and spent twenty years working in finance before returning to academia. He serves on the board of advisors for the National Army Museum and Army Records Society, has worked as a historical consultant with the British Army and the BBC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  And he is a Rugby and F1 enthusiast, so Bill is quite pleased! Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanBoff! Join us for our chat with Jonathan Boff! Rec. 11/30/2021
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December 21, 2021
S1E4 James H. Willbanks - US Army Command & General Staff College (retired!)
Jim Willbanks is one of the most interesting military historians you’ll come across. Born in Texas and a graduate of “that school” in College Station, Jim was commissioned as a young lieutenant through ROTC at Texas A&M University. He not long after found himself as an advisor with an ARVN regiment in South Vietnam during the 1972 Easter Offensive, during which he was wounded and decorated for heroism under fire. He spent twenty-three years in the Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” and Oak Leaf Cluster, two Purple Hearts, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with two Silver Stars. If that wasn’t enough, Jim graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) with honors, then was selected for the inaugural class of the new Army School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). He earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Kansas, beginning a long and distinguished career as a military historian and instructor in military history at CGSC, where he also served as head of the Department of Military History for several years. Jim is the author or editor of fourteen books, including A Raid Too Far (Texas A&M Press, 2014), Abandoning Vietnam (University Press of Kansas, 2004), The Battle of An Loc (Indiana University Press, 2005), The Tet Offensive: A Concise History (Columbia University Press, 2006), and most recently Danger 79er: The Life and Times of Lieutenant General James F. Hollingsworth (Texas A&M Press, 2018). A dedicated servant of the military history profession, Jim served on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Military History, the Board of Editors for the Journal of Military History, and is on the Editorial Board for Modern War Studies at the University Press of Kansas. He and his work have been highlighted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, US News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, Army Times, Stars and Stripes, and PBS, where he consulted and appeared in Ken Burns’ Vietnam series.  Now retired, Jim remains as active in the profession as ever and is Aggie as ever. We’ll chat with Jim about being a veteran of the war he now studies, working with Ken Burns, and the value of history in professional military education. Join us! Rec. 11/04/2021
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December 14, 2021
S1E3 Lorien Foote - Texas A&M University
Brian and Bill chat with Lorien Foote, one of the most important historians of the American Civil War experience. Lorien is the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History at Texas A&M University, moving to College Station in 2013 after several years in the History Department at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the author of several books, including The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners of War (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title; The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army (New York University Press, 2010), which was a finalist and honorable mention for the 2011 Lincoln Prize; and most recently Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). With Daniel Krebs of the University of Louisville, she has also recently published a collection of essays on the American POW experience, titled Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts (University Press of Kansas, 2021), which includes a mighty fine essay “Down, but Not Out: Manhood and the American Prisoner-of-War Experience in World War,” by one Brian Feltman. She is the creator and principal investigator of a groundbreaking Digital Humanities Project, “Fugitive Federals,” which traces the escape and movement of over 3000 Union POWs during the American Civil War. Brian and Bill chat with Lorien about how she came to be a Civil War historian, what drew her to issues of masculinity and POW experience in history, and what it’s like to be a woman in a field still dominated by male academics. We’ll also discuss what’s going on in Aggieland and find out the best BBQ in College Station. So, join us for our conversation with Lorien Foote! rec. 11/09/2021
01:11:47
December 07, 2021
S1E2 Robert M. Citino - National WW2 Museum in NoLA
Join Brian and Bill as they chat with Rob Citino, the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Dr. Citino earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University and is an award-winning scholar of German military history and World War II, who has published numerous books, including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943, Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942, and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich, as well as numerous articles covering World War II and 20th-century military history. His book awards include the New York Symposium on Military History's Arthur Goodzeit Prize and the American Historical Association's Birdsall Prize. He has twice been honored with the Distinguished Book Award by the Society for Military History. Dr. Citino has taught at Eastern Michigan University (where in 2007 ratemyprofessor.com named him the "Number 1 Professor in the Country") and the University of North Texas, and has also held the Charles Boal Ewing Visiting Chair in Military History at the US Military Academy and the prestigious General Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History and Strategy at the US Army War College. In 2021, the Society for Military History awarded Dr. Citino its Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for Scholarly Achievement. We'll talk to Rob about how one gets from Cleveland to Bloomington, Indiana, why the Wermacht, becoming a minor MTV celebrity, being the senior historian at the fabulous National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and playing guitar and buying vinyl records. Join us! Rec. 10/26/2021
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November 30, 2021
S1E1 Heather Marie Stur - University of Southern Mississippi
Join Brian and Bill as they chat with Heather Marie Stur, one of the most cutting-edge Vietnam War and war and society studies historians in the United States. Dr. Stur earned a Ph.D. in History at the University of Wisconsin after earning a B.A. and M.A. in History at Marquette University. She is the Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is also the Director of Graduate Studies in History and the Co-Director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. She is the author of Saigon at War: South Vietnam and the Global Sixties (Cambridge 2020), The U.S. Military and Civil Rights Since World War II (ABC-CLIO 2019), and Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era (Cambridge 2011). She is also co-editor of Integrating the U.S. Military: Race, Gender, and Sexuality Since World War II (Johns Hopkins 2017). Dr. Stur’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, National Interest, Orange County Register, Diplomatic History, and other journals and newspapers. She has presented and lectured at conferences and universities all over the world. In 2013-14, Dr. Stur was a Fulbright scholar in Vietnam, where she was a visiting professor on the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. She is currently writing a book about the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. We’ll ask Heather about how she got interested in history, living in Ho Chi Minh City for a year, and the rise of women in the military history field. We might find out her favorite Vietnamese street food as well, so join us! Rec. 10/28/2021
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November 23, 2021