Selected articles, podcasts and videos about military history and American wars.
20th Century Military History
Daniel Jacob Panitch Wertz, Wesleyan University. Honors Thesis
Gina Dimuro, ATI 2017
Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war
Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper’s 2016
Staff, Military History Magazine 2017
John Blake, CNN 2017
Ian Shapira, Washington Post 2018
Articles on Military History through the 19th Century
Page 24 “An Opponent of the War”
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
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Did America’s most divisive war start over slavery or state’s rights? James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, says that too many people, including educators, get it wrong.
Free autobiography books at Century Past
General Sherman’s Memoirs, vol 2, page 171.
Podcasts and Media about Military History
Several short videos of workers; mainly women.
Staff, Imperial War Museum 2018
Lisa Brooks to help us re-examine and re-think what we know about King Philip’s War by introducing us to new people, new ways we can look at known historical sources, and to different ways we can think about what we know about this event with details from her book Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War.
Lisa Brooks, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 191
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This podcast examines the First World War through the lives of African soldiers and labourers. Based on historical fact, it discusses fictional poetry and letters that could have been written by Africans involved in the war. It looks at WW1 through a global perspective – the interaction of peoples from different parts of the world.
University of Oxford
Don Glickstein, author of After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence, takes us on a whirlwind and global tour of the fighting that took place after Yorktown.
Don Glickstein, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 81
From World War II to contemporary Washington DC, this poignant documentary recounts the incredible story of Aleut Americans’ decades-long struggle for human and civil rights. After Japan invaded the western Aleutian islands in 1942, the U.S. government sent hundreds of Aleut Americans to abysmal and isolated internment camps in southwest Alaska. 1 hr. 24 min.
30-minute color film of Berlin and Potsdam immediately after WWII ended. Incredible devastation.
Konstantin von zur Mahlen, Vimeo Films
Admiral Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy during the twentieth century, when through political, social, technological and economic turmoil, the Navy’s fortunes mirrored those of Britain.
Admiral Lord West, BBC Radio 4 2014. Episode 1 of 15
Don N. Hagist, independent scholar and author of British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution, leads us on exploration of the other men who fought in the American War for Independence, the soldiers in the British Army.
Don Hagist, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 147
“On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, FRONTLINE unfolds the full saga of the war in a two-part, definitive broadcast.
Aired: 03/24/08, 2h 25m 32s
Frontline, PBS 2008
The inside story of the war that will define a presidency — a war that no one expected, and no one planned for.
Aired: 03/25/08, 1h 56m 1s
Frontline, PBS 2008
Professor and author Lorien Foote talked about the Union soldiers who escaped from Confederate prison camps. This talk was part of the annual conference hosted by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
Lorien Foote, C-Span 2017
The American Civil War claimed more than 620,000 American lives. It also cost American forests, landscapes, cities, and institutions. We explore the different types of ruination wrought by the Civil War with Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War.
Megan Kate Nelson, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 63
The Civil War stands as an important, watershed event in United States history. We discuss the event with Civil War historian Ari Kelman , author of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War and the McCabe Greer Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University.
Ari Kelman, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 72
1965 Dept. of Defense film for public information.