Military histories old and new

Military histories old and new

In Military History, Robert Citino discusses the American favored, but professionally marginalized, military history. Citino explains that there are three main forms of military history components. The first one is based on war and society which is often referred to as “new military history.” New Military history usually focuses on the Modern period when looking at the works of Donald Shaffer, Edward B. Westermann, and Geoffrey P. Megargee. However, Citino also mentions a few medieval and early modern period examples of new military history with the military revolution question. The next form is operational military history. Citino explains that this form deals with the battle and campaign components of war. Citino introduces Reed Browning’s: The War of Austrian Succession to show how operational military history corresponds with cultural and sociological aspects of war. The final form involves culture and memory and is appropriately titled historical culture and memory which was developed around the start of the twentieth century. Citino argues that these three forms are all interconnected that together study multiple components of military history.

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