H-War Content

Re: Theory of Study versus Theory of Doctrine

Great discussion, and I certainly echo what John Walbridge said. Looking back at the bloody 19th and 20th centuries, I believe that the highest realm of strategy has too often proved absent from the minds of otherwise intelligent and experienced soldiers. Generals and future generals urgently need to understand that some apple carts ought not, under any circumstances, to be upset; that even a fragile peace is preferable to the unpredictability -- or, in some cases, the absolute predictability -- of war.

Author: 
Bridget Ford
Reviewer: 
Megan L. Bever

Bever on Ford, 'Bonds of Union: Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland'


Bridget Ford. Bonds of Union: Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland. Civil War America Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. 424 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4696-2622-2.

Reviewed by Megan L. Bever (Missouri Southern State University)
Published on H-War (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Joel S. Kovarsky
Reviewer: 
Jordan Fansler

Fansler on Kovarsky, 'The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision'


Joel S. Kovarsky. The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2014. 200 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8139-3558-4.

Reviewed by Jordan Fansler (University of New Hampshire)
Published on H-War (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Re: Theory of Study versus Theory of Doctrine

I teach a couple of course on the military history of the Middle East, one a freshman course running from the rise of Islam to the present and the other an upper-level undergraduate/MA level course on World War I in the Middle East. Generally, my focus is on war as a manifestation of political and cultural factors rather than on tactics and strictly military strategy. I get away with teaching this because I am in a Near Eastern languages department, not a history department, so it is a service course for me.

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H-War Book Reviews

Author: 
Douglas Egerton
Reviewer: 
Geoffrey Jensen

Jensen on Egerton, 'Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed America'


Douglas Egerton. Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed America. New York: Basic Books, 2016. 448 pp. $29.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-465-09664-0.

Reviewed by Geoffrey Jensen (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Security and Intelligence Studies)
Published on H-War (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Philip Levy
Reviewer: 
Lindsay Chervinsky

Chervinsky on Levy, 'George Washington Written Upon the Land: Nature, Memory, Myth, and Landscape'


Philip Levy. George Washington Written Upon the Land: Nature, Memory, Myth, and Landscape. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2015. 224 pp. $22.99 (paper), ISBN 978-1-940425-90-0.

Reviewed by Lindsay Chervinsky (University of California, Davis)
Published on H-War (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
John C. Fredriksen
Reviewer: 
Katrina Ponti

Ponti on Fredriksen, 'The War of 1812: U.S. War Department Correspondence, 1812-1815'


John C. Fredriksen. The War of 1812: U.S. War Department Correspondence, 1812-1815. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2016. 488 pp. $95.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7864-9408-8.

Reviewed by Katrina Ponti (University of Rochester)
Published on H-War (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Suzanne Geissler
Reviewer: 
Scott Mobley

Mobley on Geissler, 'God and Sea Power: The Influence of Religion on Alfred Thayer Mahan'


Suzanne Geissler. God and Sea Power: The Influence of Religion on Alfred Thayer Mahan. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 280 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61251-843-5.

Reviewed by Scott Mobley (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Published on H-War (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
G. W. L. Nicholson
Reviewer: 
Nicholas Sambaluk

Sambaluk on Nicholson, 'Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War'


G. W. L. Nicholson. Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015. 676 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7735-4617-2.

Reviewed by Nicholas Sambaluk (Air University)
Published on H-War (July, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey