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military history



  • After Afghanistan: Will Peace Get a Chance?

    by William Astore

    "Here’s the rest of my message to my fellow citizens. Stop rewarding the Pentagon and its failed generals and admirals with yet more money."



  • Military Historians Divided over Boycotting Texas for Conference

    The Society for Military History has planned its annual conference for Texas next spring. The state's radical new abortion law has prompted some members to call for moving the event, and sparked debate over what constitutes political neutrality for the organization. 



  • Buffalo Soldiers Statue Unveiled at West Point

    The Buffalo Soldiers held a confounding position in the military, teaching cavalry skills to white cadets at West Point while housed in segregated barracks, and fighting white supremacy within the army while also taking part in the military campaign of conquest against Native Americans. 



  • The History that Shaped Memorials to Fallen Service Members

    by Jeffrey Smith

    The emergence of industrial-scale slaughter in the battles of the Civil War pushed the military to establish national cemeteries and created the background for today's ritualized ceremonies of remembrance. 



  • There's More War in the Classroom Than You Think

    by William Hitchcock and Meghan Herwig

    Whatever the causes of the decline in history enrollments, it's not because history departments have rejected the study of war and military history. 



  • How Previous Presidents have Ended American Wars

    With the U.S.'s longest war coming to an end, Here & Now's Scott Tong speaks with Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, to look back at how other U.S. presidents have handled ending conflicts.



  • America's Military is Too Big

    by Jeremy Suri

    The war in Afghanistan is much more than a failed intervention. It is stark evidence of how counterproductive global military dominance is to American interests.



  • The Endless Shadow of the War on Terror

    by Karen J. Greenberg

    The US withdrawal from Afghanistan doesn't necessarily signal an end to the War on Terror; the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) remains in place, as does much of the architecture of forever war.



  • Felix Hall Remembered 80 Years After Ft. Benning Lynching

    "This month — more than eight decades after Private Hall’s death — a plaque at Fort Benning was dedicated in his memory. But major details about his death remain unclear. Officials have been accused of failing to fully investigate what happened, and no one was ever charged."



  • The All-American Base World

    by Patterson Deppen

    Despite the withdrawal from Afghanistan, there are still 750 US military bases around the world, showing that America's "forever wars" may only be briefly paused. 



  • Review: The Bomber Mafia

    by Paul Ham

    If Curtis LeMay's firebombing broke the will of the Japanese public, nobody remembered to tell the Japanese. Malcolm Gladwell's praise of LeMay suffers from overlooking the Japanese side of the bombing campaign.



  • Where America Went Wrong in Afghanistan (Review Essay)

    by Fredrik Logevall

    "It will be up to historians of the future, writing with broad access to official documents and with the kind of detachment that only time brings, to fully explain the remarkable early-morning scene at Bagram and all that led up to it. But there’s much we can already learn — abundant material is available."



  • The Long History of Vaccine Mandates

    by Lindsay M. Chervinsky

    President Biden's recent call for mandatory vaccination for federal workers follows the precedent set by George Washington's order to inoculate the Continental Army for smallpox.



  • Army to Memorialize Black Soldier Lynched on Georgia Base 80 Years Ago

    “To be lynched as you’re in service to the United States Army?” said Richard Liebert, a retired Army officer who trained at Fort Benning in the 1970s and ’80s. Liebert, who is White, has for the past five years pressed the Army to recognize this young soldier.