Published: October 30, 2014 at 9:48 am
How often does human conflict, absent more compelling causes, stem from simple cultural misunderstanding?
Published: August 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm
The study of military history is useful in many regards, as long as we don't lose sight of the fact that war, in the end, is about killing people and destroying things.
Published: July 02, 2014 at 4:16 pm
Warfare is often predicated on unwavering belief in the spiritual or political righteousness of one's individual cause.
Published: April 30, 2014 at 11:00 am
Successful military operations depend on thorough planning and fall apart under poorly reasoned assumptions
Published: February 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm
The eyewitness accounts and images from wars past offer insight into the the hows and whys of human conflict.
Published: December 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm
As military theorist Carl von Clausewitz succinctly put it, “War is the province of chance.”
Published: October 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm
Victory in battle is one thing, but can there be clear-cut victory in the shadowy, ongoing war on terror?
Published: September 08, 2013 at 3:39 pm
The starting guns of war may sound out clearly, but the causes that lead to combat are often more complicated and random.
Published: July 03, 2013 at 1:33 pm
The postwar "blame game" is a simplistic way to form order out of chaos, but it ultimately leads to a distortion of the complicated, real-life history of what happened.
Published: May 01, 2013 at 10:01 am
Military history is not just a chronicle of organized violence; it is also a history of the development of human organizations and the effects of ideas on human behavior.
Published: February 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm
A good historian makes a concerted effort to relate facts, and the proof often lies in the back of the book.
Published: January 04, 2013 at 1:27 pm
The best way to understand history is to place yourself on the very ground where historic events occurred.
Published: November 02, 2012 at 12:30 pm
"History is written by the victors" remains among the hoariest aphorisms of military history, especially in the age of open digital archives.
Published: September 07, 2012 at 1:51 pm
Football analogies may work well toward explaining traditional combat but not so much modern-day unconventional warfare.
Published: July 05, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Color photography, motion pictures and digital imagery have brought a new immediacy to the chronicle of human warfare.
Published: May 03, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Grasping the motivations behind armed conflict is a key to understanding the conduct of warriors in all times and places.