H-War Content

Re: April Handgrenade 2021

Ralph, it is not that they deny the need for the Navy, as much as its opacity with the American public and the publics around the globe (except in China). The other problem is not the need, but the size and how it fits in in national defense. I have always found it odd that island nations would privilege land forces more than air and sea forces nowadays, yet they do with some notable exceptions (I think the JSMDF in Japan gets the larger share of Japan's self defense budget).

Re: April Handgrenade 2021

Is anyone seriously arguing about the need for a Navy? The argument ought to be about what kind of Navy. Do we really need as many CVBGs as we now have? We certainly need a few in the Pacific and (once in a while) in the Indian Ocean, but in the Atlantic? I'm not so sure. In our last general war -- World War II -- carriers were of marginal utility in the Atlantic, and we should ask if that might also be the case today. In the First Gulf War they were kind of a luxury, and the air campaign assets we needed could have all been land-based.

Military History Digest #350

Military History Digest

This is the 350th issue of the Military History Digest, which has been going since November 2007.  The first one (then called the "Military History Weblog Digest") is here:

https://lists.h-net.org/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=h-war&month=0711&week=d&msg=F0aj9...

As always, suggestions for sites to follow or posts to include are always welcome.

Ancient:

H-War Book Reviews

Author: 
Emily H. Green, Catherine Mayes
Reviewer: 
Amy Dunagin

Dunagin on Green and Mayes, 'Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities 1730-1830'

Emily H. Green, Catherine Mayes. Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities 1730-1830. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2017. 264 pp. $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-58046-577-9

Reviewed by Amy Dunagin (Kennesaw State University) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Author: 
Andrew L. Johns, Mitchell B. Lerner, eds.
Reviewer: 
Ryan Barrett

Barrett on Johns and Lerner, 'The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945'

Andrew L. Johns, Mitchell B. Lerner, eds. The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945. Studies in Conflict Diplomacy Peace Series. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2018. 330 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8131-7573-7.

Reviewed by Ryan Barrett (University of Missouri-St. Louis) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Author: 
Irene Guenther
Reviewer: 
Adam Brown

Brown on Guenther, 'Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier's Testimony of the Great War'

Irene Guenther. Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier's Testimony of the Great War. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. Illustrations. 248 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-350-01575-3.

Reviewed by Adam Brown (Air University, Squadron Officer School) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Printable Version: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=56074

Author: 
Abby Anderton
Reviewer: 
Meghan Ashley Vance

Vance on Anderton, 'Rubble Music: Occupying the Ruins of Postwar Berlin, 1945-1950'

Abby Anderton. Rubble Music: Occupying the Ruins of Postwar Berlin, 1945-1950. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. 194 pp. $70.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-04242-2

Reviewed by Meghan Ashley Vance (Texas A&M University) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)

Author: 
Kirsten A. Greer
Reviewer: 
Patrick E. Brady

Brady on Greer, 'Red Coats and Wild Birds: How Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire'

Kirsten A. Greer. Red Coats and Wild Birds: How Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire. Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020. Illustrations. 190 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4696-4983-2; $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4696-4982-5.

Reviewed by Patrick E. Brady (University of Iowa) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)