Recent Discussions

ISSF Article Review 105 on Colleen Bell and Kendra Schreiner. “The International Relations of Police Power in Settler Colonialism: The ‘‘civilizing’’ mission of Canada’s Mounties.”

The role of police institutions in transnational governance and economic development has become a site of intensive scholarly and policy debates, especially since the revitalization of counterinsurgency doctrine in the early twenty-first century as the crux of U.S.-led coalition actions in the so-called War on Terror.

Seeking commentator for SHAFR panel

Hello, I am seeking a commentator for a panel organized for the 2019 SHAFR conference in Washington D.C., June 20-22. We have three panelists who will present research on aspects of Franco-American relations and comparisons from the late nineteenth century through the Vietnam War era. Please contact me at tm-roberts@wiu.edu if you are interested to participate or wish for more information. Many thanks.

Tim Roberts

Professor of History

Western Illinois University

Seeking panelist for SHAFR 2019

We are looking for a final participant for a panel on US conceptions of imperial rivals from the 1860s-80s (we are flexible on the time period). We have two panelists, Alys Beverton (Cardiff University) and me, presenting respectively on Confederate relations with the French in Mexico, and US participation in the Berlin West Africa conference of 1884/5. Jay Sexton will chair and commentate. If interested, please email: apriest@essex.ac.uk 

James Madison Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government

The Society for History in the Federal Government is pleased to announce that we are accepting entries and nominations for the James Madison Prize. This annual award is given for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the federal government’s history.

CFP: Barnes Graduate Conference (Philadelphia, 22-23 March 2019)

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University's graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the 24th Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference. The event will feature a keynote address from 2018 Bancroft Prize winner, Dr. Marc Gallicchio, Associate History Professor at Villanova University, for his co-authored book with Waldo Heinrichs, Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945.

ISSF Roundtable 10-17 on Ron Robin. The Cold War They Made: The Strategic Legacy of Roberta and Albert Wohlstetter

Within security studies, scholars have increasingly called for work that bridges the gap between academics and policymakers and that moves beyond milquetoast nods to ‘policy relevance’ at the end of journal articles, and instead ask that theorists engage directly with their policy counterparts.

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Author: 
Jonas Brendebach, Martin Herzer, Heidi Tworek, eds.
Reviewer: 
Michael Stamm

Stamm on Brendebach and Herzer and Tworek, 'International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Exorbitant Expectations'

Jonas Brendebach, Martin Herzer, Heidi Tworek, eds. International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Exorbitant Expectations. Routledge Studies in Modern History. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. 256 pp. $140.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-138-30308-9.

Reviewed by Michael Stamm (Michigan State University) Published on H-Diplo (November, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Author: 
Manlio Graziano
Reviewer: 
Alexander Sager

Sager on Graziano, 'What Is a Border?'

Manlio Graziano. What Is a Border? Stanford: Stanford Briefs, 2018. 101 pp. $12.99 (paper), ISBN 978-1-5036-0539-8.

Reviewed by Alexander Sager (Portland State University) Published on H-Diplo (November, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Author: 
Grant Madsen
Reviewer: 
Ronald W. Cox

Cox on Madsen, 'Sovereign Soldiers: How the U.S. Military Transformed the Global Economy After World War II'

Grant Madsen. Sovereign Soldiers: How the U.S. Military Transformed the Global Economy After World War II. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. PP. ISBN 978-0-8122-5036-7.

Reviewed by Ronald W. Cox (Florida International University) Published on H-Diplo (November, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Author: 
Moeed Yusuf
Reviewer: 
Swarna Rajagopalan

Rajagopalan on Yusuf, 'Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: U.S. Crisis Management in South Asia'

Moeed Yusuf. Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: U.S. Crisis Management in South Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018. 320 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-5036-0485-8.

Reviewed by Swarna Rajagopalan (Independent Scholar) Published on H-Diplo (November, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Author: 
Yiğit Akın
Reviewer: 
Najwa Al-Qattan

Al-Qattan on Akın, 'When the War Came Home: The Ottomans' Great War and the Devastation of an Empire'

Yiğit Akın. When the War Came Home: The Ottomans' Great War and the Devastation of an Empire. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018. x + 270 pp. $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-5036-0363-9; $27.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-5036-0490-2.

Reviewed by Najwa Al-Qattan (Loyola Marymount University) Published on H-Diplo (November, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)