Theoretical frameworks for studying battles

Hello to all. Apologies if you've seen me ask this same thing in other venues.

I'm looking for recommendations on theoretical frameworks for studying battles or campaigns, preferably recent work. The field has moved away from drums and bugle campaign studies over the decades (though of course they still exist) as we've come to ask different questions about war, warfare, and the military besides "why was this commander great/poor?" and "was this battle decisive?" All of which is fine and valuable, as there is so much more.

Masses & Mainstream Digital Archive?

Hi everyone,


Does anyone know if there is a digitial archive available of Masses & Mainstream? I have seen a couple for The New Masses but had no luck finding one of the publication after it was renamed in 1948.


I am specifically in search of the June 1953 issue of Masses & Mainstream, which includes a report on the artist William Gropper's appearance before the McCarthy committee.


Many thanks in advance.


All best, Chris

The mystery of life - movie

Dear colleagues

I am seeking a physical or digital copy of the 1931 movie The Mystery of Life made by Universal Pictures with a voiceover by Clarence Darrow. Can you help?

There was also 1930 British version using the same German-sourced silent picture but with talk by Julian Huxley. Both the British and US versions seem now to be exceedingly rare and maybe nonexistent though they were very popular movies attracting large audiences. Library of Congress and BFI seem not to have any copies though the 1927

German original is in an archive. 

Query: Accessible Scholarly Books/Articles on Inner German Border/Berlin Wall


I'm looking for a handful of books/articles on the Inner German Border or Berlin Wall that are scholarly but accessible to undergraduate students. Any focus is welcome including economics/class, military/strategy, or society/culture, along the lines of, say, Burned Bridge. I'd especially appreciate any works that focus on bureaucracies, surveillance, and propaganda since two course concepts are bureaucracies and abstractions (e.g., the dehumanizing practice of representing people as cariacatures, statistics, etc.)

Re: Chemistry in the 17th/18th-century

Hi Margaret,

I've published quite a bit on the relationship between chemistry and medicine during the 18th century. See my book on John Walker and the Edinburgh Medical School. See also John Powers' book on Boerhaave. There's also a lot of medicine in the books that I've edited with Bill Newman and Sy Mauskopt and in the new book I've edited with Ursula Klein about 18th century chemistry. Details here:

Best Wishes,


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