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Alliances: Past, Present, And Future

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Monday, September 30, 2019

In the 1930s, the British military pundit B. H. Liddell Hart argued vociferously that traditional British conduct of war in the seventeenth and eighteenth had represented a strategy of minimal commitment to the wars on the European Continent while focusing on a blue-water strategy to attack the enemy on the periphery. Thus, Britain’s effort in the First World War with its emphasis on the British Expeditionary Force in France had been a terrible mistake. He could not have been more mistaken. 

Analysis and Commentary

To Begin The World Over Again: How The American Revolution Devastated The Globe, By Matthew Lockwood

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia Times Higher Education
Friday, September 27, 2019
Elizabeth Cobbs is unconvinced by a lively revisionist account of what the American Revolution did to the wider world.

General James Mattis On His New Best-Seller, “Call Sign Chaos”

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Hugh Hewitt
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses his time in the military as well as his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.

Analysis and Commentary

Marianne Williamson Gets Her Way And Doesn't Realize It

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Are You Being Served? On her campaign site, Marianne Williamson, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President has an item on “National Service.”

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The Lawfare Podcast: Jack Goldsmith And John Fabian Witt On 'To Save The Country'

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith talks with John Fabian Witt, professor of law at Yale Law School, about Witt’s new book, To Save the Country: A Lost Treatise on Martial Law, which features a previously undiscovered manuscript written by Francis Lieber, a legal adviser to Lincoln’s White House and key thinker in the development of American laws of war.

In the News

If China Believes The US Has Grown Soft, Its Military Leaders Should Read James Mattis’ Book

featuring General Jim Mattisvia South China Morning Post
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Trump’s former defence secretary has co-authored a narrative that, in detailing the philosophy and capabilities of the US marines, reveals a willingness within the military establishment to take the fight to the enemy. China should take note.

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Intelligence And Imagination

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Military historians tend to spend far too much time on the combat arena in which armies, navies, and air forces contend. Yet, underlying their performance is the organizational behavior of intelligence agencies which should be responsible for guiding and framing their actions and reactions. Nothing displays this more clearly than a comparison of the cultures of the British and German intelligence organizations during the Second World War. The latter was hierarchical, compartmentalized, and separated the military from the civilians. Within the German system, there was virtually no tolerance, much less interest in, passing opinions and original ideas up the chain of command. But perhaps the greatest weakness in German military culture was the general contempt for intelligence and its purveyors.

Who Carried the Burden in the Second World War?

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Over the past several decades, as historians have unraveled the archives of the Red Army after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the new narrative of the history of the Second World War that has emerged has emphasized the fighting on the Eastern Front as the crucial theater of the war in Europe. Certainly, the casualties that the Soviet peoples endured were far beyond the losses the Western Allies suffered, while the fighting on the Eastern Front contributed substantially to breaking German ground forces. Yet, an overemphasis on Soviet casualties, no matter how impressive, fundamentally distorts the extent of the effort that the Western Powers waged against the Third Reich.

In the News

Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikow Reflect On Cold War, 9/11 And What’s Ahead

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia UVA Today
Thursday, September 12, 2019
One day after the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recalled that day and the immediate aftermath in the White House.
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On the Eightieth Birthday Of WWII

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Monday, September 16, 2019

Eighty years ago this month the most catastrophic war in history broke out. On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded her neighbor, Poland. From before dawn German shells and bombs fell across the breadth and width of the country. Despite the obvious buildup of military forces on the other side of the frontier, the Poles had not fully mobilized because British and French statesmen worried that such a mobilization might encourage Hitler to go to war—as if he needed any encouragement. In every sense, the German invasion of Poland proved to be a disaster for Poland, a disaster exacerbated by the willful policies of appeasement that the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had fostered over the previous two and a half years.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.