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Posted on Sep 16, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

Military History Carnival #6 (Sep 2007)

Armchair General

Armchair General is proud to host this month’s edition of the Military History Carnival! Although our site is not a blog in the perfect sense, we are glad and thankful to host and share content from all our fellow military historians across the Internet. So, generals, settle yourselves into your favorite armchairs and let the military history reading commence!

Military History

Leading us off this month in general military history topics is a recent post at the Official Osprey Publishing Blog asking Why study military history?, closely followed by More on Military History and Conservative Scholars, a post over at Historicus which ponders much the same question from within the educational realm. In a case of Measuring the Glass Half Full, the Russian Front blog takes on and discounts the belief about "the shrinking pool of true military historians". Mark Stoneman is a European history teacher and pens the Clio and Me blog, and his latest post describes his Stumbling Upon a Dissertation Topic. The Strange Maps blog has a very interesting 1793 map / caricature of John Bull Bombarding France With Bum-Boats, along with a great unique history lesson surrounding it.



US Military History

Moving into the history of American wars, the American Presidents blog points to an argument from the Center of Military History, and poses the question, is Military Service Instrumental for Presidents? A short but detailed bio on Katherine Prescott Wormeley and her work in the Sanitary Commision during the Civil War can be found over at the Civil War Women blog. The Progressive Historians blog tells the tale of The Red Neck War, a little known skirmish in history that is yet "the largest armed insurrection fought on American soil since the Civil War." The first of two submission this month from The Dougout weblog is a post about U.S. Marines Combined Action Platoons. In another Vietnam era blog post, the Divided We Fall United We Stand blog has posted the third and final article under the Is Iraq like Vietnam? Lessons learned. heading. The Suite 101 site has this post about The Kitty Hawk and India bridging the military history and possible military future of one of America’s naval icons. The Walking the Berkshires blog sent in this excellent post called "This Land is My Land"; The Revolutionary Frontier in Myth and Memory, the "first in a series of 8 posts on Sullivan’s Expedition against the Iroquois during the American Revolution".


Oriental Military History

The vaulted Blog Them Out of the Stone Age blog has reprinted the What If Japan Hadn’t Attacked Pearl Harbor? article from World War II Magazine, written by Mark Grimsley himself, so make sure your Adobe Reader is handy. A pic-heavy post called The Japanese Firebase at The View from Taiwan blog takes a look at just that, and The China History Group Blog checks out the book Buddhism, War, and Nationalism: Chinese Monks in the Struggle against Japanese Aggressions, 1931-1945 in the post The Buddha goes to war.


European Military History

Ross Mahoney recently took a trip to visit some Military Cemetries and shares his experience at his Thoughts on Military History blog. The Battlefield Biker rides in with his contribution this month by relating the history of when Parliamentarians Finish Off Southwest Royalists at Battle of Langport 10 July 1645. The War and Game blog takes its turn with an account of the Battle of Pavia with the ITALIAN WARS (1494–1559) post. Part blog, part podcast, and probably the youngest military historian this month, George Hageman’s Military History Podcast brings us a story of "uprisings, rebellions, and power shifts" in the Warsaw Uprisings – Contemnit Procellas post.


Our ancient military history link this month is about Sassanian Stuff, brought to us by the blog Zenobia: Empress of the East. The Forgotten War is not forgotten with this second offering by The Dougout blog with a review of the book The Wrong War? by Jeffrey Record. A Fistful of Euros also covers a book with the post Review: The Wages of Destruction, Adam Tooze. Finally, we close out this month’s military history links with a look at Hollywood’s contributions. The Conservative History Journal’s post titled "We few, we happy few" delves into Laurence Olivier’s Henry V, and the Lights, Camera, Navy!! blog sends us the announcement about "the new free, public film program at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center" called Matinees at the Memorial: The U.S. Navy in Film.


Armchair General salutes everyone who submitted posts for this month’s carnival! Look for the October edition of the Military History Carnival be hosted by Brett Holman at Airminded ( on 14th October. The address for submissions is, or use our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found at the blog carnival index page.