Author Interview--Shannon Bontrager (Death at the Edges of Empire) Part 2

Hello H-CivWar Readers:

Today we continue our conversation with Shannon Bontrager about his book, Death at the Edges of Empire: Fallen Soldiers, Cultural Memory, and the Making of an American Nation, 1863-1921, published by the University of Nebraska Press in February 2020.

Part 1

Re: McMullen Part V

Going out on a limb; unlikely Navy would have lobbied against invasion in 1945-46. Couple of reasons. Mc Arthur leading Allies, the early preparations for troops from Europe to enter the Pacific, Air Force's fire bomb campaign against Japanese cities in 1945 to burn Japan to ground and the general attitudes of US towards Japan in 45 because of Pearl Harbor history in 41. Despite estimates of 46, that some 6 million troops needed to invade and casualties expected for US.

New Book Announcement: Death At the Edges of Empire

by Shannon Bontrager (apologies for cross posting)

Shannon Bontrager, Death at the Edges of Empire: Fallen Soldiers, Cultural Memory, and the Making of an American Nation, 1863-1921, Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2020).

Book Trailer:

::New Book:: Duty Beyond the Battlefield by Le'Trice Donaldson

Duty beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870–1920

About the Book

In a bold departure from previous scholarship, Le’Trice D. Donaldson locates the often overlooked era between the Civil War and the end of World War I as the beginning of black soldiers’ involvement in the long struggle for civil rights.

Aguinaldo's American

I have been researching Colonel LM Johnson, the American who is mentioned in the Philippine Declaration of Independence of 12 June 1898. Among other things, he was hired by Sun Yat Sen to train revolutionaries in the attempted overthrow of the Chinese Qing Dynasty and commanded an artillery battery under Aguinaldo from around the end of May 1898, played an active role in the Spanish-American War period in the Philippines until relationships between American and Filipino sides began collapsing towards the end of 1898.

Philippine-American War Casualty Figures

Those interested in the 1899-1902 Philippine-American War will be aware of the various claims regarding casualty figures. This is a thorny issue that will probably never be resolved but I have made an effort to review and assess the most common figures floating around.

Demographers and both Filipino and other historians have reviewed the item so I thought I'd pass it on.

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