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What's Happening at the Center

The MHC would like to welcome its newest Student Fellow: Hailey Stewart! Hailey's main field of study is eighteenth-century British politics and diplomacy with an emphasis on Britain's relationship with the continent. Her dissertation will analyze the political policy of Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, to discern his perspective on a colonial versus continental British policy. King George I, Frederick's grandfather, believed that the English throne was valuable in aiding the interests of Hanoverian expansion and security on the continent. Frederick's adoption of a continental policy while also siding with the British opposition that generally supported anti-Hanoverian legislation reveals a discrepancy in his conception of politics. By evaluating this relationship, she intends to reconcile the prince's favorable attitude toward the Hanoverian connection in British politics and determine if he incorporated British colonial interests into his political ideology. Hailey's doctoral advisor is Dr. Marilyn Morris, but she also works closely with Dr. Michael V. Leggiere the Deputy Director of the Military History Center.

The Military History Center extends a warm welcome to its newest UNT Fellow: Dr. Kate Imy! Dr. Imy earned her PhD in European and Global and Comparative History from Rutgers University. She is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship for Hindi and Urdu. She spent a year as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow in India and a year as a Junior Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (London). Her research examines the tensions between imperial loyalty and anti-colonial activism among British and South Asian soldiers in the twentieth century British Indian Army. Along with starting her position as Assistant Professor of Modern Gritish History, Dr. Imy has been very active: she presented at the national South Asian Studies Conference in Madison, Wisconsin in October 2016. Her paper was entitled "Purity at the Borders of Empire: Gurkha Soldiers in the First World War." In November 2016 she will present at the North American Conference of British Studies on an international panel with scholars from Birmingham, Oxford, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers. Her paper is entitled "Intimate Islam: Same-Sex Interracial Desire and Imperial Decline in the Interwar British Indian Army." Her first article was selected as the recipient of the Nupur Chaudhuri prize from the Coordinating Council of Women Historians, which will be presented at the AHA in January. Her third article, entitled "Kidnapping and a 'Confirmed Sodomite': An Intimate Enemy on the Northwest Frontier of India, 1915-1925" was recently accepted to Twentieth Century British History and will appear at the end of 2016 or early 2017. We are very happy to have Dr. Imy join our team! Check out her courses in the rotation!

Dr. Wawro has appeared in a number of television programs recently, notably six episodes of The Last Days of the Nazis on History and H2, six episodes of Hitler: The Life on American Heroes Channel. He is writing a new history of American involvement in the First World War titled: The Silent Slain: Allied Collapse and America's Defeat of Germany in World War I. His last book, A Mad Catastrophe (2014), was shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, featured in the Wall Street Journal and was named one of the "best history books of 2014" by the Financial Times, Toronto's National Post and The Providence Journal. In July 2016, Dr. Wawro spoke at the 150th Anniversary of the Austro-Prussian War Symposium in the Czech Republic. In 2015, he gave a talk titled "Vietnam: The War that just won't go away" at a The '60s: Turmoil and Transformation Symposium in Bismarck, North Dakota. In late 2014, Dr. Wawro was a guest of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, where he gave a talk on his book A Mad Catastrophe, about Austria-Hungary's collapse in World War I.

Dr. Mierzejewski's latest book, A History of the German Public Pension System: Continuity Amid Change was published by Lexington Books in 2016. His article "Taking from the Weak, giving to the Strong: The Jews and the German Statutory Pension System, 1933-1945," is forthcoming in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 2017. His book review of Jaron Pasher's Holocaust versus Wehrmacht. How Hitler's Final Solution Undermined the German War Effort (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014), appeared in Central European History 49 (March 2016): 286-88.

So far in 2016 Dr. McCaslin has published a book, Washington-on-the-Brazos (Texas State Historical Association, 2016), and a book chapter ["A Texas Reign of Terror: Anti-Unionist Violence in North Texas," Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: The Other Civil-War Texas, ed. J. Frank De la Teja (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)]. He has spoken to the Civil War Round Tables in Baton Rouge, Alexandria (LA), Austin, Fort Worth, and Dallas, and he is scheduled to speak to the Hood's Texas Brigade Association (Reactivated) in November 2016. He served as commentator for a session at the Society for Military History in the spring of 2016, and he will deliver a paper at the Texas State Historical Association in the spring of 2017.

Dr. Cox is presenting a talk titled "Seeking Justice at Nuremberg" on Wednesday, 8 November 2016 at 2:00pm in the History Department Library for the Human Security Workshop Series.

Dr. Mendoza has a book under contract, tentatively entitled Propaganda and the American Civil War with ABC-CLIO.

Dr. Wawro is working on his sixth book, tentatively titled Mud Men: The American Army in the First World War. He will spend the summer in European and American archives, and was recently awarded a UNT research grant as well as a US Army General Matthew Ridgway grant to fund the research. He continues his work on the Review Board of the History and Military Book Clubs, as well as his work as co-editor of the Cambridge Military Histories. In November 2015, Dr. Wawro gave a talk titled "Vietnam: the war that just won't go away" to a conference on the 1960s at Bismarck State in North Dakota. Dr. Wawro has been invited by the Czech government to give a keynote address to the Austro-Prussian War 150th Anniversary Symposium in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic in July 2016.

In October 2015, Christopher Fuhrmann was the keynote speaker at a conference at the Frei Universität Berlin, where he spoke on state surveillance and resistance in the Roman world. This was an event sponsored by the research group TOPOI, which brought together leading experts on surveillance, from different fields and historical eras. Fuhrmann also continues work on a side project, "The Roman Empire's Forgotten Civil War: The Jewish Diasopora Revolt of AD 116-117"; he spoke on this topic at the January 2016 annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta.

Dr. McCaslin in 2015 published a book chapter ["Bitter Legacy: Military Operations in the Indian Territory during the Civil War," in The Indian Territory in the Civil War, ed. Brad Clampitt (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015)] and an article in an academic journal ["'A Curious War': Franklin A. G. Gearing in the Civil War," East Texas Historical Journal 53 (Fall 2015)]. He also chaired a military history session at the Consortium on the Revolutionary era, served as commentator for a session at the Society for Military History, and delivered a lecture at the annual symposium sponsored by Hood's Texas Brigade Reactivated. This spring he has another book coming out [Washington-on-the-Brazos: Cradle of the Texas Republic (Texas State Historical Association, 2016)] as well as a book chapter ["A Texas Reign of Terror: Anti-Unionist Violence in North Texas," Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: The Other Civil-War Texas, ed. J. Frank De la Teja (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)].

Dr. Lowe gave a talk at the UNT Emeritus College in September 2015 titled "Technology and the Battlefield in the American Civil War."

Dr. Lowe's Student, Tom Mack, completed his dissertation, a regimental history of the 45th Illinois Infantry Regiment in the Civil War, and received his Ph.D. degree in December 2015

Dr. Harold Tanner published his fourth book, Where Chiang Kai-shek Lost China: The Liao-Shen Campaign, 1948 with Indiana University Press in July 2015. The book describes the process by which Chinese Communist commander Lin Biao isolated and defeated Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist forces in Manchuria over a two-year period in 1946-1948. This study draws on internal Chinese Communist sources, US military and State Department archives, Chiang Kai-shek's diaries and other sources to combine analysis of Chinese Communist operations on the ground with the deteriorating dynamics of Chiang Kai-shek's relations with George Marshall and the Truman administration. The resulting account gives us insights into not only into the Chinese civil war, but also into the history of 20th century China and of U.S.-China relations.

Dr. Mitchener attended the Asia-Pacific War conference in Canberra, Australia from 9-11 July 2015. He delivered a paper titled "Preliminary Naval Gunfire and Artillery Support at Tinian: An Analysis and Comparison."

The Military History Center held the 7th Air Power Symposium Luncheon on 13 May 2015. Our featured speaker was Dr. Michael S. Neiberg of the US Army War College, who gave a presentation titled: "Potsdam: Diplomacy in the Shadow of Nuclear Weapons." Dr. Neiberg is a Professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, where he holds the Stimson Chair of History and Security Studies. Dr. Neiberg was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Educated at the University of Michigan (BA) and Carnegie Mellon University (MA and PhD), he has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was awarded the 1999 Outstanding Academy Educator Award, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been a Guggenheim fellow, a founding member of the Société Internationale d'Étude de la Grande Guerre, and a trustee of the Society for Military History. With backgrounds in social history, military history, French history, and American history, Neiberg has published widely on the theme of war in the world, especially in the era of the two world wars. His books include Making Citizen-Soldiers: ROTC and the Ideology of American Military Service (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000); The Western Front (London: Amber Books, 2007); The Second Battle of the Marne (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008); Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011); The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944 (2012);The Military Atlas of World War I (London: Amber Books, 2014); and Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe (New York: Basic Books, 2015). Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of War in 1914 was named one of the five best books ever written on World War I by the Wall Street Journal and is available in Turkish and Portuguese translations. The Second Battle of the Marne received the Tomlinson Prize for best English-language book on World War I. The Western Front is available in Swedish, German, and Polish translations. Making Citizen-Soldiers: ROTC and the Ideology of American Military Service was the finalist for the Thomas J. Wilson Prize and named as an Association of American University Presses "Book for Understanding our Times."

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