Call for Submissions for a thematic issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire, slated for publication in December 2016.
In 1961, U.S. President Eisenhower famously warned about the dangers of the “military-industrial complex.” This thematic issue of the Canadian Journal of History takes Eisenhower’s rhetoric as a springboard for thinking about the complex relationships between the military, the state, and healthcare.
During the early modern period military medicine became an integral part of military planning as well as an attractive area of practice for early modern surgeons and physicians. Since the 1990s, historians of medicine have shown an increased interest in military medicine from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. They have also pointed to the dynamic effects of a growing early modern military bureaucracy. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, European armies saw the development of increasingly elaborate and centralized health care systems, which became integral parts of military administration.
For this thematic issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire we invite proposals for articles that will explore the changing relationships between early modern armed forces, medicine, society, and the state. Potential authors might want to consider topics such as the administration and treatment of patients in field hospitals and the operational relevance of field medicine, the institutionalization of military medicine and education as well as training and career paths in military medicine, and the relationship between military and civilian medicine and the role of military medicine in the formation of medical knowledge. This thematic issue will develop an international comparative perspective on early modern military medicine and the state.
Deadline for abstracts (maximum length 350 words): 15 October 2015
Selected authors will be notified in November 2015.
Deadline for full papers: 15 February 2016.
Articles may be written in English or French, with a length of 25-35 double-spaced pages (including notes) and will undergo double-blind peer review.