The MHC is pleased to announce that the 35th Annual Alfred and Johanna Hurley Military History Seminar will be held on Veterans Day, 11 November 2017 at the UNT Student Union - 1155 Union Circle - Denton, TX 76201 starting at 9:00 am. The title of this year's Seminar is: "From Passchendaele to Petrograd, 1917: The Year the Germans Almost Won the First World War." Speakers are Dr. Nick Lloyd, Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department, King's College London, who will present: Passchendaele: 100 Years On" and Dr. Sean McMeekin, Professor of History, Bard College, who will present: "The Hostile Takeover: The Bolsheviks Conquer the Russian Imperial Army." Online registration only at: https://hurleyseminar2017.eventbrite.com
Dr. Wawro presented " Fresh Perspectives on the 100th Anniversary of World War I" at the 2017 Save Texas History Symposium in Austin on 16 September. He discussed how Haig shattered the newly expanded British army on the Somme and Passchendaele in 1916-17. Nivelle shattered the already gasping French army on the Chemin des Dames in 1917. The Germans knocked out the Russians and effectively the Italians in 1917, and looked likely to win the war in 1918 with massed forces and new tactics on the Western Front. "Miraculously," as Haig put it, the Allies not only survived the German spring and summer offensives of 1918, they won the war. It was no "miracle." It was owed to the intervention of the U.S. Army in the Meuse-Argonne and the Second Battle of the Marne.
Dr. Cox presented the talk "Seeking Justice for the Holocaust: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert C. Pell, and the Limits of International Law" on 28 September 2017 hosted by the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance His talk focused on how the United States was able to seek justice abroad after World War II without addressing racial inequality at home. Following World War II, the Allies had the responsibility of creating an international legal protocol to prosecute Nazi officials at Nuremberg. Dr. Cox discussed how U.S. policymakers limited the scope of new international law seeking justice for the Holocaust to avoid creating precedents that might boomerang on the United States and its own policy of racial segregation. By linking "crimes against humanity" with "aggressive war" and "conspiracy" to protect American sovereignty against accusations about its own unequal social order, US policymakers simultaneously and hypocritically proclaimed the United States as the moral leader of the postwar new world order.
The MHC is partnering with the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration Commission in an effort to support each other's programs. As part of that effort, the MHC is pleased to announce that the Texas World War I Centennial organization is part of the National World War I Centennial Commission (WWICC). Texas is committed to commemorating the role of Texas and Texans in the Great War, especially as we approach the 100 year anniversary of U.S. involvement in 2017-2019. In Texas our goals are: Information and Awareness: increase awareness of the general public about the role of Texas and Texans the Great War and of Texas WWI commemorative events, monuments and historic locations. Act as a clearinghouse for information on Texas in WWI and as a resource for individual and groups around the State in planning and publicizing commemorative activities. Commemorative events: work with key constituents and stake-holders around the State in all possible arenas (historical organizations, museums, educational institutions, the arts, military bases, libraries, veterans groups, civic organizations, municipalities, etc.) to plan and execute commemorative events that seek to engage the broadest spectrum of Texans. Education: engage with the public and with professional educators to assist them in accessing National WWICC educational resources. Partner with educators to promote student projects that commemorate the contribution of Texas and Texans during the Great War. State Commemorative Body. Work with Stated leaders to establish an official commemorative body to coordinate with the National WWICC and to endorse key State Agencies to assist in supporting the World War I centennial commemoration in Texas. Continuing and upcoming events include: AN EXHIBIT ILLUSTRATING THE IMPACT OF WWI ON NORTH TEXAS, FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 7/9/2017 THROUGH 10/20/2017 AT THE FORT WORTH CENTRAL LIBRARY. Texas and Collin County WWI Centennial Commemoration 2 March 2017 - 11 November 2018; Ike in WWI 6 April 2017 - 26 November 2017; TEXAS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR EXHIBIT - INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES 6 April 2017 - 11 March 2018. For more information, see: Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration.
The MHC is partnering with the all-volunteer Metroplex Military Charitable Trust (MMCT) in an effort to support each other's programs. As part of that effort, the MHC is pleased to announce that the MMCT will launch its Leadership Speakers Program on Thursday, 19 October 2017 with a presentation by Colonel Anthony (Tony) Wood, USMC (Ret) at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, located at the southeast corner of Love Field, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Colonel Wood will tell the story of the unsung (civilian) heroes of the evacuation of Saigon on 29 April 1975. He has told this story to business leaders and at corporate seminars throughout the country. This presentation will be of particular interest to college students studying US history. The MMCT plans to have corporate sponsors underwrite tables and individual seats so that UNT and other college students can attend the event for free. Mike McCollum, Col USMCR (Ret) and Managing Trustee of the MMCT will coordinate with Dr. Leggiere. If you are not a UNT student but would like to attend the program, you can register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-speaker-series-unsung-heroes-of-saigon-registration-32927865131
Since 1990, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Military Charitable Trust (MMCT) has been an avid supporter and creator of extremely worthwhile military charities in the region. From supporting the Veterans Resource Center at the Dallas VA Hospital, to creating the Metroplex Veterans Legal Services legal clinics, to underwriting expenses for the local Toys for Tots campaigns, to helping train, educate and lead cadets in local high school Jr ROTC programs, MMCT's volunteers have worked tirelessly for almost 3 decades to improve the lives of our community's veterans and of youngsters working towards becoming future military leaders. Program Preview: http://www.metroplexmarines.org/speakers/
The MHC is partnering with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth in an effort to support each other's programs. As part of that effort, the MHC is pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is hosting a program series on the "Future of War." The first talk will be on Monday, 9 October 2017 and the guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Latiff (ret.) Major General, U.S. Air Force; Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Notre Dame; Director of Intelligence Community Programs, George Mason University's School of Engineering. The title of Dr. Latiff's talk is "Preparing for the New Global Battlefield." A reception at 6:30 PM will be followed at 7:00 PM by the program and a book signing. The event will take place at Jones Day, 2727 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201. The cost is $15 for Members and $30 for for Non-Members but the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is pleased to offer the discounted member price of $15 to any UNT students, faculty, or alumni interested in attending. For more information see: https://www.dfwworld.org/events?calendar=true&cgid=1&ceid=5430&cerid=0&cdt=10%2f9%2f2017.
The second talk of the series will be held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at the Hotel Crescent Court (400 Crescent Ct., Dallas, TX 75201). The speaker, Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London, will present "The Future of War: A History." The event will start with a 6:30 PM Reception followed at 7:00 PM by the program and book signing. Registration is $25 for Members and $40 for Non-Members but once again the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is pleased to offer the discounted member price of $25 to any UNT students, faculty, or alumni interested in attending. For more information see: https://www.dfwworld.org/events?calendar=true&cgid=1&ceid=5447&cerid=0&cdt=10%2f19%2f2017
Questions? Please contact Tom Blute, Special Programs Coordinator, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, 325 North St. Paul Street, Suite 4200 | Dallas, Texas 75201, P: (214) 965-8416, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth about at www.dfwworld.org.
Dr. Lowe's first Ph.D. student (1994), Jane Johansson, now on the faculty at Rogers State University in Oklahoma, was awarded the Founders Award for 2017 by the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, VA. The Founders Award recognizes superior contributions in historical editing. This is a prestigious honor for her and for UNT. Previous winners include such nationally prominent historians as Ira Berlin of the University of Maryland, Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia, John Blassingame at Yale, and the editors of the Jefferson Davis Papers at Rice University.
Dr. Leggiere was asked by the Musée de l'Armée in Paris to participate in a project/exhibition that will take place in 2018 (5 April - 22 July called "Napoléon's Strategy." It is about Napoléon's ways of thinking, preparing and leading a campaign, and Napoléon's contributions to the art of warfare. One of his contributions will be to write an essay that focuses on one of Napoléon's most famous foes, Blücher. His essay will be one of four short texts that address the subject of Napoléon's strategy by looking at "those who fought him, defeated him and, learned from him (or not). The other essays will be about Wellington, Kutuzov and Archduke Charles.
The MHC would like to welcome its newest Student Fellow, Christopher Menking. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in History (2010) from Texas A&M University and his Master of Arts in History (2013) from the University of North Texas. Chris is currently a doctoral student and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas as well as a dual credit instructor at Tarrant County College. While at College Station, Chris's undergraduate interest was primarily in American military history and Russian revolutionary history. Chris studied abroad in France, Germany, and Russia as part of his education in these fields. Chris's interest in Military History began at an early age. Both of his grandfathers served in the Second World War, one in the European theater and one in the Pacific theater. This interest, combined with growing up in South Texas, helped focus his later academic work on the U.S.-Mexico War. His Master's Thesis, titled "Remembering the Forgotten D-Day: The Amphibious Landing at Collado Beach during the Mexican War," examined both the logistical feat that managed to put ashore 10,000 U.S. soldiers in five hours as well as the joint-operational doctrine that was used during the landing itself. Chris's main field of study is logistics during the U.S.-Mexican War and the influence of the U.S. Army in the interwar period, 1846-1860. He focuses primarily on South Texas, investigating the influence of the supply depots, trade networks, and the Quartermaster Department on the region during and after the war. By integrating the two fields of military history and the newer borderlands history, he seeks to analyze the conflict and its results in a way that will illuminate how events during this period left lasting influences on this border region today. Chris's doctoral advisor is Dr. Richard McCaslin. He also works closely with Dr. Andrew Torget, Dr. Alexander Mendoza, and Dr. Mendiola-Garcia. Chris is originally from Alice, Texas and is married to Erin. When he is not teaching or researching, he enjoys trying new restaurants around Dallas/Fort Worth and woodworking.
This spring Dr. McCaslin published a book on Sutherland Springs with UNT Press; that's the hometown of Joseph B. Polley, the Texas Brigade veteran whose letters McCaslin edited for re-publication with the University of Tennessee Press in 2008. Dr. McCaslin also delivered a paper at the Texas State Historical Association conference, then chaired a session and commented on another at the Society for Military History conference. Among his hosts for other talks have been the Texas Map Society, the Texas chapter of the Military Order of Stars & Bars, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Dr. Tanner presented a paper titled: "PLA Counter-Insurgency Operations in Tibet" at the annual meeting of the Chinese Military History Society at Jacksonville, Florida, on 30 March 2017. He will give a presentation titled "Loose Cannon or Status Quo Conservative? Donald Trump and American East Asia Policy" as part of a round-table discussion on "New Leadership with New Partners in Asia" at the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity 2017 in Jeju City, Republic of Korea on 31 May 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Cox, who will be presenting a paper at a conference titled: PURSUING THE ROOSEVELTIAN CENTURY: INVESTIGATING A HISTORICAL FRAME, sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, Middelburg, The Netherlands 30 November - 1 December 2017! This conference builds on the experimental MOOC, 'The Rooseveltian Century', produced by Giles Scott-Smith and Dario Fazzi in 2016. The event, the first to be held at the newly-founded Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, has two main purposes. Firstly, it will uniquely combine research on each of the three principal Roosevelts within an overarching historical investigation into their influence and legacies. Secondly, it will frame the debate around the central themes, motifs and images that can be represented by the term Rooseveltian Century, identifying the longer-lasting meaning and importance of this frame in current-day (international) politics. Dr. Cox's presentation is titled: "FDR and Seeking Justice for the Holocaust." According to Dr. Cox: "Considerable scholarship has examined the degree to which President Franklin Roosevelt failed/succeeded in saving Europe's Jews from complete annihilation during WWII. Much less has been devoted to FDR's role in the legal effort to seek justice for war crimes and the Holocaust. This paper examines FDR as protagonist in what ultimately became The Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and by association reveals his consequent impact on post-WWII visions of international justice and human rights. Eleanor Roosevelt was not the only Roosevelt who had an impact on postwar human rights advances." Participants include: Frank Costigliola (University of Connecticut), Michael Cullinane (Northumbria University), Mario Del Pero (SciencesPo), Mary Dudziak (Emory University), Sylvia Ellis (University of Roehampton), Petra Goedde (Temple University), Justin Hart (Texas Tech University), Lisa McGirr (Harvard University), Kiran Patel (University of Maastricht).
The MHC held its 2nd Annual War Studies Symposium on Thursday, 25 May 2017 at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum at 11:00 am. The theme of the Symposium was: "1967- Make or Break Year in the Vietnam War." Our esteemed speaker was Dr. Andrew Wiest, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi.
A total of eight UNT names were on the program at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Military History, including three current graduate students (Sarah Jameson, Michael Stout, and Chrristopher Menking), two Student Fellows (Tiffany Smith and Nate Jarrett), two alumni (Jordan Hayworth and Jared Donnelly), and one faculty member (Dr. McCaslin). Way to go!
Dr. Imy will be offering a graduate studies course in Fall 2017 on the topic of "War, Gender and Religion in the British Empire" on Wednesdays from 2-4:50. This course explores the global legacies of the British Empire. It asks students to interrogate two of the lasting myths about the Empire that still dominate international attitudes. First, many regard Britain's predominance in the nineteenth and early twentieth century as a "Pax Britannica" marked by relative world peace. Second, contemporary audiences take for granted that Britain became an increasingly secular nation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Both of these myths perpetuate imperial nostalgia for Britain as a rational, secular, world power that rarely resorted to violence. Yet over the course of the twentieth century, while Britain was a leading superpower, the world was torn by increasingly violent and divisive military conflicts. By placing diverse imperial contexts front and center, this course explores how hierarchies of race, gender, and belief shaped the British Empire's engagement with many regions of the world. What did it mean to be a secular empire as British missionaries traversed the globe? How were legal systems tools of differentiating between imperial subjects who were Hindu, Muslim, Parsi, Zoroastrian, or Sikh? It considers various cases studies--from religious interventions of the East India Company to the hierarchies of belief in the "Scramble" for Africa--to understand how colonial hierarchies contributed to global tensions in both imperial and world wars. Students with an interest in colonization, religion, gender, race, and warfare will benefit directly from the thematic approach of the course. It will also globalize students' knowledge by speaking to a variety of regional contexts, including South Asia, the Mediterranean, Anglo-American relations, Britain and Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
The MHC would like to welcome its newest Student Fellow: Kevin Broucke! Kevin's main field of study is the French Army in World War I. His dissertation, tentatively titled: Triumph in the Balkans: The French Army in the Macedonian Campaign of World War I, 1915- 1918, will specifically review the events that took place in the Balkan Theater of the First World War. Kevin intends to prove the vital role of French arms as a central part of the Allied victory in World War I. Kevin's doctoral advisor is Dr. Geoffrey Wawro, but he also works closely with Dr. Michael V. Leggiere. Kevin will complete his PhD in 2020. Kevin originally hails from Marseille, France and is married to Chrystal. When he is not studying in Denton, he promptly returns to Montreal to spend time with his wife and their four children.
Congratulations to Nate Jarrett, whose article "False Start: Britain and Coalition Warfare in 1794," was published in Vol 24, Issue 2, April 2017 of the journal War in History. This article analyses Britain's struggle to conduct warfare as a member of a coalition during the first war against Revolutionary France. It focuses on Anglo-Austrian planning in the winter of 1793-4 and the effort to implement these plans in the spring of 1794. Scholars have attributed the coalition's defeat in Flanders to Austro-Prussian distractions in Poland and the botched British attempt to supersede this through subsidies. In contrast, this article illustrates that delays in planning, preparations, and operations hamstrung the coalition's 1794 campaign in Flanders in the spring, before the diplomatic and military reversals of the summer. Way to go Nate!
Dr. Imy will present a paper titled "A 'Nation' at Odds with Nationalism: Loyalty and Segregation in the Interwar British Indian Army" at the The British Scholar Society's 2017 conference Britain and the World in Austin in April 2017.
Major Dr. William Nance (PhD UNT December 2013) will have his dissertation published by the University of Kentucky Press under the title: Sabers through the Reich: World War II Corps Cavalry from Normandy to the Elbe as part of Kentucky's Battles and Campaigns Series. In Sabers through the Reich, Major Nance provides the first comprehensive operational history of American corps cavalry in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II. The corps cavalry had a substantive and direct impact on Allied success in almost every campaign, serving as offensive guards for armies across Europe and conducting reconnaissance, economy of force, and security missions, as well as prisoner of war rescues. From D-Day and Operation Cobra to the Battle of the Bulge and the drive to the Rhine, these groups had the mobility, flexibility, and firepower to move quickly across the battlefield, enabling them to aid communications and intelligence gathering and reducing the Clausewitzian friction of war. https://www.amazon.com/Sabers-through-Reich-Normandy-Campaigns/dp/0813169607/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1490931055&sr=1-3&keywords=william+nance. Way to go Bill!
Dr. Merv Roberts (PhD UNT May 2016) had his dissertation "Let the Dogs Bark: The Psychological War in Vietnam, 1960-1968" accepted for publication by the University Press of Kansas. The book will examine North Vietnamese, Viet Cong and other groups involved in psychological warfare in Vietnam. Congratulations Merv!
Dr. Mendoza has been invited to participate in the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series hosted by Angelo State University. This nationwide initiative connects veterans, veterans' family members, and the general public in an attempt to explore and examine the ongoing relevance of issues that the Great War generation faced. On Thursday, 20 April, Dr. Mendoza will discus "Texas's Ethnic Minorities During World War I." The program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. For additional information, please contact the Department of History at 325-942-2324 or email at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Student Fellow Nate Jarrett for defending his dissertation, "Collective Security and Coalition: British Grand Strategy, 1783-1797," in March 2017. On 1 February 1793, the National Convention of Revolutionary France declared war on Great Britain and the Netherlands, expanding the list of France's enemies in the War of the First Coalition. Britain entered the war amid both a nadir in British diplomacy and internal political divisions over the direction of British foreign policy. After becoming prime minister in 1783 in the aftermath of the War of American Independence, William Pitt the Younger pursued financial and naval reform to recover British strength and cautious interventionism to end Britain's diplomatic isolation in Europe. He hoped to create a collective security system based on the principles of the territorial status quo, trade agreements, neutral rights, and resolution of diplomatic disputes through mediation. While his domestic measures largely met with success, Pitt's foreign policy suffered from a paucity of like-minded allies, contradictions between traditional hostility to France and emergent opposition to Russian expansion, Britain's limited ability to project power on the continent, and the even more limited will of Parliament to support such interventionism. Nevertheless, Pitt's collective security goal continued to shape British strategy in the War of the First Coalition, and the same challenges continued to plague the British war effort. This led to failure in the war and left the British fighting on alone after the Treaty of Campo Formio secured peace between France and its last continental foe, Austria, on 18 October 1797.
Dr. McCaslin received the Myrick Distinguished Service Award from the Civil War Round Table of North Louisiana in Fall 2016 in recognition of his academic efforts to promote the study and understanding of the Civil War in the United States. He published another book, titled Sutherland Springs: Saratoga on the Cibolo about the hometown of the Mustang Grays, who served in the Texas Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War.
On 20 February 2017, Dr. Chet joined a panel of experts on the history of piracy, irregular warfare at sea, and maritime law to discus the historical roots of lawlessness at sea sponsored by the International Security Studies program at Yale University. Fellow panelists were Captain Shannon Kopplin of the U.S. Naval Justice School and Commander Benjamin Armstrong of the U.S. Naval Academy. Ian Urbina, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times, discussed his experience reporting the recent series "The Outlaw Ocean" prior to Dr. Chet's panel.
The MHC would like to welcome Hailey Stewart! as a Student Fellow! 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!
On Saturday, 12 November 2016, the MHC held the 34th Annual Alfred and Johanna Hurley Military History Seminar, with the theme "NATO: The Past, Present and Future of the Atlantic Alliance." The esteemed speakers were Professor Alberto R. Coll, Director of European and Latin American Legal Studies at DePaul University College of Law and Professor Andrew Natsios, Executive Professor and Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the George H.W. Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University. Dr. Coll presented: "Why We Need NATO: A Grand Strategy Perspective" while Professor Andrew Natsios presented "NATO and Russia."
Before joining DePaul in 2005, Dr. Coll chaired the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he also served for five years as Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. Born and raised in Cuba, he graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1977 with a B.A. in History, and later earned his J. D. and Ph.D. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. In 1982 Professor Coll joined the faculty at Georgetown University, where he taught international relations, law, and organization. In 1986 he was appointed Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow at the Naval War College, becoming in 1989 the youngest holder of the Charles H. Stockton Chair of International Law, the college's oldest chair. From 1990 to 1993, Professor Coll served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, overseeing the Defense Department's policy, strategy, and $3 billion budget for special operations forces and "low-intensity" conflict, including all counterterrorism forces. For his work, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Professor Coll is the author of The Wisdom of Statecraft and editor of several books on international relations and security issues. He is the author of prize-winning articles in the American Journal of International Law and the Naval War College Review, as well as articles in the Harvard Journal of International Law, the University of Pennsylvania's Journal of International Law, Washington Quarterly and other journals. He has served as consultant to the Rand Corp., the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the United States Information Agency, and numerous defense and intelligence organizations in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. From 2004 to 2005, Professor Coll was anchor of Global View, a weekly one-hour television show on world affairs featured by A&E's History Channel. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Virginia Bar, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Before joining the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M's George H.W. Bush School of Government, Andrew Natsios was Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 2006-2012 and former Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2001-2006. He serves as Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea, a research center in Washington DC. And is a Senior Fellow on Foreign Policy and International Development at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He also served as US Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006-2007 to deal with the Dafur crisis and the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement. Retired from the US Army Reserves at a Lt. Colonel after twenty-three years of service, Professor Natsios is a veteran of the Gulf War. From 1993 to 1998, he was vice president of World Vision US, the international non-government organization. Earlier in his career, Professor Natsios served in the Massachusetts State Government as a member of the House of Representatives in Boston for twelve years and later as Secretary of Administration and Finance, the chief financial and administrative officer of the Commonwealth. He also served in 2000-2001 as the CEO of Boston's Big Dig, the largest construction project in American history, after a cost overrun scandal. Professor Nastios is the author of three books: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1997); The Great North Korean Famine (2001); and his latest book, Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. He has contributed to thirteen other books. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgetown University and his Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Professor Natsios was commissioned Second Lieutenant at Georgetown University (ROTC) in 1971.
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 the First World War.
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.
The Inaugural War Studies Symposium was held on 20 April 2016 in Denton. Brigadier General (Ret.) Dr. Robert A. Doughty presented:
"The Battle of Verdun: Fresh Perspectives on the 100th Anniversary of the Great War"
General Doughty served as Professor and Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy from 1985 to 2005. He retired in July 2005 after forty years of service in the U.S. Army. General Doughty graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1965 and received his Ph.D. from Kansas University in 1979. Following his commissioning as an Armor officer, Bob served with distinction in a variety of command and staff positions, including two assignments in Germany and a combat tour in Vietnam. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, and Combat Infantry Badge. In the late 1970s, he served as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth and was instrumental in establishing the Combat Studies Institute. Bob returned to West Point in 1981 as an Academy Professor in the Department of History and served as the chief of the European History Division. He became the Deputy Head in 1984 and the Head the following year. Under Bob's leadership the Department of History developed one of the finest undergraduate history programs in the nation. In 1995-96, he held the Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Military History Institute. In 2009, he presented the Harmon Memorial Lecture in Military History at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He is the author of numerous articles and four books and has co-authored a military history textbook. His book, The Seeds of Disaster: The Development of French Army Doctrine, 1919-1939, won the American Historical Association's Paul Birdsall Prize in 1986 while his book, Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War, won the New York Military Affairs Symposium's 2005 Arthur Godzeit Book Award followed by the Western Front Association's 2006 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize and the Society for Military History's 2006 Samuel Eliot Morison Prize as well as the Society's 2007 Distinguished Book Award. Born in Tullos, Louisiana, he and his wife of forty-two years, Diane, live in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
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."