Why Don't More Colleges Teach Military History?Breaking News
Except, strangely enough, in academia. On college campuses, historians who study military institutions and the practice of war are watching their classrooms overflow and their books climb bestseller lists—but many say they are still struggling, as they have been for years, to win the respect of their fellow scholars. John Lynn, a professor of history at the University of Illinois, first described this paradox in a 1997 essay called "The Embattled Future of Academic Military History." The field, he wrote, with its emphasis on predominantly male co mbatants and its decidedly nontheoretical subject matter, "has always been something of a pariah in U.S. universities." For years, military historians have been accused by their colleagues of being, by turns, right wing, morally suspect, or, as Lynn puts it, "just plain dumb." Scholars who study D-Day or the Battle of Thermopylae may sell books and fill lecture halls, but they don't have much success with hiring committees.
comments powered by Disqus
Jeremy Potratz - 4/5/2008
University hiring committees are usually composed of draft dodgers, those who had something better to do than serve, ie. Cheney, natural born cowards, and those from families that invest heavily in defense industries but disdain from actually pulling a trigger. That is one reason why Virginia Tech banned handguns even for those with concealed weapons permits. Wars change history. Wars make history. All the rest is chump change.
When sixth grade teacher read about Harriet Tubman and call it important it is because they don't realize how little she meant to the times. The Civil War was fought by men, and not won because one black woman sneaked across the Mason Dixon line and freed her family members. Teachers are mostly women, and they don't teach about things that they don't know, haven't experienced or are against their general womanly demeanor. College historians do themselves and their students a disservice if they don't teach their classes about the importance of war in the movement of people throughout time, the economic impact wars have had on societies and the social changes families, communities and nations have experienced because of wars. Learning about warfare is the ONLY way to achieve world peace, not by ignoring the fact that war changes everything, always and in all ways.
- Snopes debunks slavery Internet meme
- Revamped Chinese History Journal Welcomes Hard-Line Writers
- Poll: 3 Out of 5 Texan Trump Supporters Want Secession if Hillary Clinton Is Elected
- The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From Afar?
- Minorities still feel Eugene, Oregon’s historical link to the Ku Klux Klan
- Ernst Nolte, Historian Whose Views on Hitler Caused an Uproar, Dies at 93
- Japan should give formal apology for wartime aggression, says historian
- Historian Benjamin Madley says what whites did to Indians in the 19th century in California was genocide.
- Kevin Baker says America needs to bring back political machines
- Covell Meyskens uses his blog to show what life was like under Mao. (Interview)