Category Archives: Military history

Why We Need to Study Soldiers and Families

In honor of today’s release of her latest book, Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy’s Most Celebrated Unit, Dale Center co-director Susannah Ural reflects on a new approach to writing unit histories. by Susannah J. Ural, … Continue reading

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The War Stories We Tell

by Heather Marie Stur, Ph.D. My Honors students and I recently watched the 1946 Oscar-winning film, The Best Years of Our Lives, which follows three World War II veterans as they return home and struggle to settle back into civilian … Continue reading

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Recovering the Experiences of the Black Greatest Generation

by Douglas Bristol After conducting hundreds of hours of oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans, the Founding Director of the Dale Center, Dr. Andrew Wiest, persuasively argued in his Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam that historians have … Continue reading

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“A Firm and Perpetual League of Friendship and Amity?”: Reevaluating the United Colonies of New England and the Politics of War, 1636-1690

by Tyler Rotter, Guest Contributor As a self-proclaimed cultural historian, I began my dissertation research believing political history was passé, especially in relation to military history. I could not have been more wrong. When addressing the relationship between religion and … Continue reading

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From Small Things: How a Staff Ride Became Two Articles and a Book Project

by Ricardo A. Herrera, Guest Contributor While a historian on the Staff Ride Team, Combat Studies Institute, US Army Combined Arms Center, I spent much of the summer of 2008 researching and building a staff ride on the 1777 British … Continue reading

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Musings on the End of a Term

by Gregory J. W. Urwin: President, Society for Military History* *The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society is honored to feature a guest blog post by Dr. Urwin, who will complete his two-year term as SMH President this … Continue reading

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A New Look at Military History

by Heather Marie Stur Earlier this fall, H-Diplo, a listserv for scholars of U.S. foreign relations, published a “state of the field” article entitled “What’s the Problem: A Research Agenda for Diplomatic History,” by UCLA political science professor Marc Trachtenberg. … Continue reading

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