Category Archives: Strategy and International Politics

Reflecting on the European Wars of Religion in an Age of Religious Violence

I am happy to report that my latest article has been published in the 50th anniversary issue of Sixteenth Century Journal. “We allegedly live in an age of religious warfare. Ever since the September 11 Attacks in 2001, journalists, analysts, … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict, Early Modern Europe, European History, French Wars of Religion, History in the Media, History of Violence, Peacemaking Processes, Reformation History, Religious History, Religious Politics, Religious Violence, Strategy and International Politics, War and Society, War, Culture, and Society, Warfare in the Early Modern World | 1 Comment

Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times

This week’s horrific Easter bombings in Sri Lanka remind us once again of the troubling presence of religious violence in today’s world. Alison McQueen recent book, Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), grapples with the politics … Continue reading

Posted in History of Violence, Political Culture, Political Theory, Religious History, Religious Politics, Religious Violence, Renaissance Art and History, Strategy and International Politics, War and Society, War, Culture, and Society | 1 Comment

Last Doolittle Raider Dies

Lt. Richard E. Cole, the last crewmember of the Doolittle Raiders, has died. Lt. Richard E. Cole, known as Dick Cole, was co-pilot on the lead plane, piloted by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, during a bombing mission on Tokyo … Continue reading

Posted in History in the Media, Maritime History, Strategy and International Politics, War and Society, War, Culture, and Society | 1 Comment

The Defeat of Napoleon and the Occupation of France

My French historian colleague, Christine Haynes, recently published Our Friends the Enemies, a new book on the defeat of Napoleon and the occupation of France. The book description at Harvard University Press’s website reads: “The Napoleonic wars did not end … Continue reading

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History, Identity Politics, and the “French Destiny”

History and identity politics are intimately interwoven in modern French society. The history of the French Revolution and Napoleonic period to define the landscape of  political ideologies (socialism, liberalism, conservatism) in the nineteenth century and forged the language of modern … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural History, Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, Empires and Imperialism, European History, French History, French Revolution and Napoleon, Globalization, History in the Media, Museums and Historical Memory, Political Culture, Revolts and Revolutions, Strategy and International Politics, World History | Leave a comment

Preliminary Peace Agreement to End the Afghan War?

The United States and the Taliban have reportedly agreed to a preliminary process for a peace agreement to end the Afghan War. The New York Times reports that “American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of … Continue reading

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Painting from Louis XIV’s Reign Discovered in Paris

A large seventeenth-century oil painting (measuring 10-by-20-foot) has been discovered behind a wall in a building that is currently being restored for an Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris. After workers discovered the painting, Oscar de la Renta brought … Continue reading

Posted in Art History, Court Studies, Cultural History, Early Modern Europe, European History, French History, Mediterranean World, Noble Culture and History of Elites, Paris History, Religious History, Religious Politics, Strategy and International Politics, War and Society, War, Culture, and Society, Warfare in the Early Modern World | Leave a comment

Vietnam War Conference

1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War April 25-27, 2019, Lubbock Texas The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference … Continue reading

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Postdoctoral Fellowships on the European Fiscal-Military System

The Faculty of History at the University of Oxford is seeking six Research Associates to join the team from September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, for an ambitious 5-year multi-national research project. ‘The European Fiscal-Military System 1530-1870’ is funded … Continue reading

Posted in Archival Research, Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, Empires and Imperialism, European History, Grants and Fellowships, History of Violence, Reformation History, Renaissance Art and History, State Development Theory, Strategy and International Politics, War and Society, War, Culture, and Society, Warfare in the Early Modern World | Leave a comment

H-France Forum on A Theater of Diplomacy

H-France has just published a new H-France Forum, edited by Hélène Bilis, on Ellen R. Welch’s A Theater of Diplomacy: International Relations and the Performing Arts in Early Modern France (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). I enjoyed participating in … Continue reading

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