Category Archives: War, Culture, and Society

Forensic Historians and War Crimes

War crimes are once again headline news these days, as the Russian withdrawal from the Kyiv region has exposed numerous bodies of Ukrainian civilians allegedly executed during the Russian offensive of February – March 2022. Ukrainian President Zelensky, United States … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Careers in History, Civil Conflict, Civilians and Refugees in War, Graduate Work in History, History in the Media, History of Violence, United States History and Society, War and Society, War, Culture, and Society, Women and Gender History | Leave a comment

Gallica Celebrates Early Modern Venice

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France’s Gallica platform is celebrating early modern Venice with a digitized version of its copy of Jacopo de’ Barbari’s Venetie MD (1500). This monumental printed city view of Venice has been closely studied using many different … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural History, Digital Humanities, Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, Empires and Imperialism, European History, History of the Western World, Italian History, Maritime History, Mediterranean World, Renaissance Art and History, Warfare in the Early Modern World, World History | Leave a comment

Giovanni Contarini’s Account of the Lepanto Campaign

I am happy to report that my book review of Kiril Petkov’s translation of Giovanni Pietro Contarini’s account of the Lepanto campaign has been published by the Mediterranean Seminar Review. Contarini, Giovanni Pietro. From Cyprus to Lepanto. Trans. Kiril Petkov. New York, … Continue reading

Posted in Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, Empires and Imperialism, European History, History of the Western World, History of Violence, Italian History, Maritime History, Mediterranean World, Religious Violence, Renaissance Art and History, War, Culture, and Society, Warfare in the Early Modern World | Leave a comment

Nazi Roundups of Dutch Jews in Amsterdam

A new historical exhibition on “The raids of February 22 and 23, 1941” investigates the fates of Dutch Jews who were rounded up by Nazi forces during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. The exhibition … Continue reading

Posted in Archival Research, Atrocities, Civilians and Refugees in War, Digital Humanities, European History, European Studies, History of Violence, Manuscript Studies, Museums and Historical Memory, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

French Politics and the Memory of the Algerian War

The historical memory of the Algerian War (1954-1962) looms large in French politics. Commemorations this weekend of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Algerian War and the establishment of Algerian independence in 1962 come in the midst of … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict, Empires and Imperialism, European History, European Studies, French Empire, French History, History of Violence, Museums and Historical Memory, Strategy and International Politics, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

French Presidential Elections 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already had an enormous impact on European politics and society. Poland and other Eastern European nations are rightly nervous and have bolstered their defenses, supported by NATO. Germany has radically increased its defense spending … Continue reading

Posted in European History, European Studies, European Union, French History, Political Culture, Political Theory, Security Studies, Strategy and International Politics, War and Society, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

Fighting around Kharkiv

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has proceeded at a relatively slow pace, as Russian troops face stiff resistance in suburban and urban areas, especially in the outskirts of Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine. Historians of siege warfare recognize … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict, Civilians and Refugees in War, European History, European Studies, History of Violence, Security Studies, Siege Warfare, Strategy and International Politics, Urban History, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

Understanding the Ukraine War

Many historians are closely observing the Ukraine War and commenting on different historical dynamics and patterns that are potentially shaping the conflict. At my university, Northern Illinois University, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently organizing a Teach-In … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Civil Conflict, Civilians and Refugees in War, European History, European Studies, European Union, History of Violence, Human Rights, Security Studies, Strategy and International Politics, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

Russian Offensives in Ukraine

Ten days into the Ukraine War, we can begin to assess the Russian offensives in Ukraine on multiple fronts. Separate Russian offensives are threatening to encircle the major cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv in northern Ukraine, while the Russian forces … Continue reading

Posted in Empires and Imperialism, European History, European Studies, European Union, Security Studies, Strategy and International Politics, War, Culture, and Society | Leave a comment

Ukraine War

My students in HIST 384 History of War since 1500 at Northern Illinois University are following the developments in the Ukraine War, which relates directly to the themes we are studying this semester. I have opened an optional Discussion Forum … Continue reading

Posted in Arms Control, Civil Conflict, Civilians and Refugees in War, Comparative Revolutions, European History, European Studies, European Union, Revolts and Revolutions, Security Studies, Strategy and International Politics, War, Culture, and Society | 4 Comments