Apache Wars history book – “A Bad Peace and A Good War” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018) – Mark Santiago interview – MHIO Episode 55

Mark Santiago is a historian and director of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch heritage Museum.  He’s written articles and books on Spanish history in the Americas and we talk about his new book on the Spanish-Apache War of 1795. 

 0:52 – Mark talks about how he got into studying history.  He’s currently the head of a New Mexico museum.

2:00 – Mark talks about the details of the book.  It deals with a period of 30 years when the Spanish were trying to deal with the Apaches. Many historians have called this a period of peace but in 1795 there was a large scale conflict between the Mescalero and the Spanish.

6:53 – Mark talks about the basis for Mescalero resistance to Spain.  This includes conflict with other Native American groups.

19:01 – Mark talks about the demographics and population patterns in this area in the late 18th century.

24:59 – Mark talks about the size and make-up of the garrisons in the Presidios.  He also discusses their weapons, armor and tactics. There is a lot of similarity to what the US cavalry did a hundred years later.

32:15 – Mark talks about cannons at the Presidios, the effectivness of the Presidios in controlling war parties, and where the troops at the Presidios came from.

 42:00 – Mark talks about three Presidios of Indian soldierson the northern frontier.

43:55 – Mark talks about the resources he used for the book.

58:55 – Mark talks about the end of the Spanish Empire.

1:09:20 – Mark can be reached at msantiagobooks@gmail.com to answer questions about his work.

Links of interest

https://www.oupress.com/books/15037346/a-bad-peace-and-a-good-war
http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/

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Guests: Mark Santiago

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict,war, interview, non-fiction book, Spanish borderlands, Bourbon reforms, Apaches,New Mexico, French, british, Spanish Empire, Spain, Arizona, Texas, Comanche.Bernardo De Galvez, reservations, presidios, Lepan, Chiracahua, Revolutionary France, light cavalry, heavy cavalry, carbines, dragoons, Carlos III

WWI history book – “Peace at Last” (Yale University Press, 2018) – Guy Cuthbertson interview – MHIO Episode 54


Dr. Guy Cuthbertson is an Associate Professor in English Literature and Head of the English Department at Liverpool Hope University. He’s studied at St Andrews University and at The Queen’s College, Oxford University.  We spoke about his latest book on the end of WWI.

0:57 – Guy talks about how he got into writing on study.  He started in English and moved into biography. 

2:05 – Guy talks about the book and WWI.

 6:28 – The book focuses on the human aspect of the last dayof WWI. Festivities and religion are two aspects he looks at.  He always tries to look at areas beyond London.

12:59 – Guy talks about the changes in society between the beginning and the end of the war.

 15:40 – Guy talks about the idea that the war broke down class distinctions and social mores.

 21:58 – Guy talks about the resources he used for his research.

26:21 – Guy talks about Gladstone’s library and other archives he went to.

54:44 – Guy has a website GuyCuthbertson.com

Links of interest


https://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300233384

https://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300233384

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Guests: Guy Cuthbertson

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict,war, interview, non-fiction book, WWI, world war one, faulkner, disney, fitzgerald, wilfred owen

WWII history book – “Flying With The Fifteenth Air Force” (University of North Texas Press, 2018) – David Snead interview – MHIO Episode 53

Dr. David Snead is a professor of history at Liberty University. He has edited or written a number of books on US history including WWII history. We discussed his latest project, an edited version of the memoirs of Tom Faulkner, a B-24 pilot in WWII.

1:03 – David talks about how he first got into history.

3:30 – David talks about how he went about editing this WWII memoir.

5:23 – David talks about Tom’s time piloting a B-24 for the 15th Air Force.

12:50 – David talks about Tom’s training and the attitudes of the B-24 versus the B-17.

19:15 – David talks briefly about the Tuskegee airmen.

20:27 – David talks about the facilities the pilots used.

25:06 – David talked about problems Tom might have dealt with because of how young a pilot he was compared to others.

28:36 – David talks about the documents he used to support the things discussed in Tom’s memoirs.

33:58 – David talks about the usefulness of oral histories for this book.

Links of interest

https://untpress.unt.edu/catalog/3816

http://www.liberty.edu/academics/arts-sciences/history/index.cfm?PID=7112

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Guests: David Snead

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, WWII, world war 2, US Air Force, B-24, Europe, Switzerland, missions, Texas

US Civil War history book – “River of Death” (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) – William Robertson interview – MHIO Episode 52

William Glenn Robertson has a PhD in History and has written books and numerous articles on the US Civil War. He became a faculty member of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1981. There he revived the educational technique known as the Staff Ride and wrote the Army’s manual on the subject. He retired as the Director, Combat Studies Institute in 2011. We spoke about his latest US Civil War book on the Chickamauga campaign.

0:47 – William talks about how he got into studying military history. He grew up around it.

4:24 – William talks about the book itself. He talks about the motivation to write it.

7:27 – William talks about how his study differs from previous studies of the Chickamagua campaign. William talks about the personalities of the military leaders and also how they moved through and mapped the terrain they were fighting in.

16:05 – William talks about feeding and supplying large Civil War armies.

18:41 – William talks about the staffs of these armies.

23:49 – William talks about a southern family that had a son in the Union Army and who fed false information to the Confederate Army.

25:34 – William talks about the role of technology in the campaign.

32:04 – William talks about how no one had ever managed armies the size of those in the US Civil War.

34:43 – William talks about what documents he used for his research.

50:43 – William talks about some of the Civil War stories that saddened him.

59:26 – William talks about a serious problem he sees in the study of US Civil War history.

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Guests: William Glenn Robertson

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, US history, US military history, US Civil War, Georgia, Chickamauga, Union, Confederacy

War films analysis book – “The Philosophy of War Films” (University Press of Kentucky, HC, 2014, PB, 2018) – David LaRocca interview – MHIO Episode 51

David LaRocca has studied philosophy, film, rhetoric, and religion. He’s worked with a number of institutions where he has studied and taught these subjects. We talk about his editing work on a recent book on war films.

0:42 – David talks about how he got into studying war films. He was first interested in war photography.

4:33 – David talks about the focus of the book and begins talking about Werner Herzog.

8:46 – David talks about the philosophy of war and war films.

17:27 – David talks about who and what war movies are for. Are they for veterans or for non-military audiences?

22:08 – David talks about how realistic war movies can be.

26:44 – David talks about how movies have a way of telling stories that may conflict with actual events.

37:06 – David talks about who makes war movies versus who undergoes the experience.

43:53 – David talks about serializing war stories.

45:19 – David talks about video games and war stories.

49:12 – David talks about the various disciplines applied in this book.

59:24 – David’s work can be found at DavidLaRocca.org.

Links of interest

http://davidlarocca.org/David_LaRocca.org/David_LaRocca.html

http://www.kentuckypress.com/live/title_detail.php?titleid=3324#.W_ypnzFReM9

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Guests: David LaRocca

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, Werner Herzog, Jeff Wall, Christian Bale, Saving Private Ryan, veterans, Normandy, Spielberg, Restrepo, Chris Kyle, American Sniper, video games

Modern military analysis and history book – “Civil-Military Relations in Southeast Asia” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) – Aurel Croissant interview – MHIO Episode 50

Dr. Aurel Croissant is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg. His main research interests include the comparative analysis of political structures and processes in East- and Southeast Asia, the theoretical and empirical analysis of democracy, civil-military relations, terrorism and political violence. We discussed his latest book on civil-military relations in Southeast Asia.

0:55 – Aurel talks about how he got into studying Southeast Asian military affairs.

1:45 – Aurel talks about the countries that he focuses on in the book.

3:59 – Aurel talks about how these various countries developed their military institutions. Both the western model and the Soviet model have had an affect on these countries.

9:28 – Aurel talks about the military startegies of these countries.

10:21 – Aurel talks about these militaries roles in their respective societies.

13:53 – Aurel talks about which servies dominate the various militaries.

15:18 – Aurel talks about how he did the research for the book.

19:27 – Aurel talks about the influence that elites have in civil-military continuity.

27:34 – Aurel can be found on the Heidelberg University website.

Links of interest

https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/politikwissenschaften/personal/croissant/croissant_en.html

https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/civilmilitary-relations-in-southeast-asia/6E22E7C9244503D345920BF7F44347A2

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Guests: Aurel Croissant

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, Southeast Asia, independence, colonialism, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia

WWI history book – “The Myriad Legacies of 1917 – A Year of War and Revolution” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) -Maartje Abbenhuis interview – MHIO Episode 49

Maartje Abbenhuis is a historian of of neutrality and internationalism, especially in regards to Europe from 1815 to 1919. She’s written numerous articles and books on the subject and teaches at the University of Auckland. We talk about her most recent work, a collection of essays on WWI in 1917 that she co-edited.

1:05 – Maartje talks about how she got into editing a book on WWI.

6:17 – We discuss the parallel between Lord of the Rings and WWI.

9:09 – Maartje talks about the essays in the book.

10:54 – Maartje talks about security and civil rights during WWI.

13:15 – Maartje talks about how the book reflects the New Zealand symposium that it was meant to accompany.

18:06 – Maartje talks about India’s involvement in WWI and also about Indian resistane to the British at this time.

25:12 – Maartje talks about New Zealand and WWI.

30:15 – Maartje talks about some of the research that went into the essays and what the collection goals were. She mentions that two of the essays were written by museum curators and directors.

33:18 – Maartje talks about German memories of WWI.

43:17 – Maartje talks about the global effects of WWI.

56:55 – Maartje talks about New Zealand and how its foundation myths connect to WWI.

1:00:26 – Maartje is on twitter @maartjeabb.

Links of interest

https://twitter.com/maartjeabb?lang=en

https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319736846

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Guests: Maartje Abbenhuis

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, India, Britian, WWII, Germany, New Zealand, WWI, Empire, Ottoman, Maori, Australia, United States, California, latin America, globalization, industrial warfare

20th Century US Warfare history book – “Crash Course” (Rutgers University Press, 2018) – H. Bruce Franklin interview – MHIO Episode 48

H Bruce Franklin was an US Air Force navigator and intelligence officer but then became an anti-war activist. He’s written nineteen books and hundreds of articles and we talk about his latest book about the wars of the United States in the 20th century.

1:01 – Bruce talks about how he got into studying and writing on war. He talks about his influences when he was young.

2:01 – Bruce talks about the book and his life experiences that led to writing this book starting with when he was eleven on the day of the end of WWII. When he got older he joined the Air Force as a navigator. He talks about his reconnaissance and provocation missions over the Soviet Union.

8:37 – Bruce talks about his time with the Strategic Air Command and their efficiency and proficiency.

10:21 – Bruce talks about his first mission as a combat ready navigator and being part of a four plane cell. The mission almost resulted in an air collision.

13:49 – Bruce talks about the military-industrial complex and how it’s affected the wars the US has been part of.

25:58 – Bruce talks about the events that switched his political thinking on war.

27: 29 – Bruce mentions the anti-napalm movement.

31:53 – Bruce talks about the Korean War.

40:17 – Bruce talks about the historical archival material that he used for the book.

46:01 – Bruce talks about an interesting episode associated with the Cuban Missile Crisis.

56:00 – Bruce talks about 1991, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and the peace dividend.

1:01:56 – He has a website at HBRuceFranklin.com where people can find information on all his books. It also has an events page.

Links of interest

https://www.hbrucefranklin.com/

https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/crash-course/9781978800939

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Guests: H. Bruce Franklin

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, Cold War, Soviet Union, anti-war, Air Force, Strategic Air Command, KC-97, Boeing, bombers, Vietnam War, Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Iraq, peace dividend, Saddam Hussein

Ancient Greek Warfare archaeology and history book – “The Fortifications of Arkadian City-States in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods” (Oxford University Press, 2017) – Matt Maher interview – MHIO Episode 47

Dr. Matt Maher is an instructor at the University of Winnipeg. His specialty is ancient Greek military architecture. We discussed his latest book on the fortifications of Arkadian city-states.

0:56 – Matt talks about how he started studying classical Greek archaeology.

2:51 – Matt talks about how the book is laid out. He covers nineteen sites in detail in the book out of the forty or so cities that existed in ancient times.

5:41 – The book covers from about the end of the Persian wars to the death of Alexander the Great.

7:33 – Matt talks about how new technologies like catapults affected fortification construction.

12:23 – Matt talks about the material of the walls and what affected how they were physically built.

17:10 – Matt talks about the three different types of fortifications he divides the sites into.

22:56 – Matt talks about how he used Google Earth to find some of the cities that he examined.

29:51 – Matt talks about excavating the fill of the walls he looked at.

31:20 – Matt talks about how he did his research for the book.

36:20 – Matt talks about the vegetation he found around the sites and what vegetation might have existed in ancient Greece.

39:36 – Matt talks about some suprises he encountered as he did his research.

44:00 – Matt talks about how the fortified cities reinforced each other.

48:38 – Matt talks about dependent polis and how they might have been part of the defensive network.

59:51 – Matt is on academia.edu. He’s on twitter @drmattmaher. The book has links to other publications too.

Links of interest

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-fortifications-of-arkadian-city-states-in-the-classical-and-hellenistic-periods-9780198786597?cc=us&lang=en&

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Guests: Matt Maher

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, Ancient Greece, Arcadian League, Greek warfare, fortifications, catapults, warfare, spartans, sparta, megalopolis

American Revolution history book – “Valley Forge” (Simon & Schuster, 2018) – Tom Clavin interview – MHIO Episode 46

Tom Clavin is a prolific history writer who’s been on the New York Times Bestsllers list. We talk about his latest book co-authored with Bob Drury, Valley Forge.

0:41 – Tom talks about how he got into co-authoring a book on Valley Forge during the American Revolution.

3:05 – Tom talks about how the book is laid out and describes each of the three parts.

7:51 – Tom talks about the ways Washington was able to keep his troops at Valley Forge.

10:44 – Tom talks about Lafayette and Von Steuben.

14:14 – Tom talks about Washington’s feelings of fatherliness to the men in his army and to the country.

17:02 – Tom talks about the British plans and the effects of winter on campaigning.

19:58 – Tom talks about Washington’s plans for the time at Valley Forge and after. He also describes Von Steuben and what he did for the army.

24:19 – Tom talks about how Washignton managed an army made up of people from all over the country and also of other nationalities. There were also hundreds of black troops in the army.

29:00 – Tom talks about what they used to research the book.

31:55 – Tom talks about visiting the site of Valley Forge.

34:55 – Tom tells the sad story of John Lawrence, one of Washington’s favorites.

38:15 – The Americans deployed an attack submarine during Valley Forge. As wild as that sounds, Tom explains.

39:40 – Tom talks about the effort to usurp Washington.

43:54 – Tom talks about how camp followers were taken care of.

45:29 – Tom talks about the huge population of people at Valley Forge at the time.

47:04 – Tom talks about Washington’s experience in managing this large number of people.

53:45 – He has a website tomclavin.com

Links of interest

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Valley-Forge/Bob-Drury/9781501152719

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Guests: Tom Clavin

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book. George Washington, Lafayette, Von Steuben, Alexander Hamilton, Howe, British, Continental Army, Continental Congress, Franklin, American Revolution