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What's Happening at the Center

The MHC will hold the 2nd Annual War Studies Symposium on Thursday, 25 May 2017 at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum at 11:00 am. The theme of the Symposium is: "1967- Make or Break Year in the Vietnam War." Our esteemed speaker will be 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. Online registration only. Go to: http://warstudiessymposium2017.eventbrite.com

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 warstories@angelo.edu.

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."

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