Category Archives: military history

The morning dispatches bring the unwelcome news that chemical weapons may have been deployed this week in the Mideast, a reminder that the weapons, though long held considered beyond the pale, remain a threat. And, truth to tell, it was not long … Continue reading

For the month of April 2015, to coincide with the Society for Military History’s annual conference, we have lowered the e-book list price of three titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99. Behind the Gas Mask: The … Continue reading

Thomas I. Faith is a historian at the U.S. Department of State. He answered some questions about his book Behind the Gas Mask: The U.S. Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace. Q: When was poison gas first utilized as method … Continue reading

American troops first faced poison gas on February 2, 1918. German artillery units used the cover of a heavy afternoon fog to lob shells filled with phosgene and diphosgene on men serving in the 1st Division of the American Expeditionary … Continue reading

11-11-11: World War I Remembered through Words and Melody Guest lecture featuring William Brooks 11:00 a.m. Sousa Archives and Center for American Music Admission: Free The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November of 1918 was designated as the … Continue reading

David Lucander is a professor of history at SUNY Rockland Community College. He recently answered some questions about his UIP book Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946. Q: What was the March on Washington Movement (MOWM)? … Continue reading

Seventy years ago today, the American submarine USS Barb torpedoed the Japanese carrier Unyo in the South China Sea, one of the legendary feats of the famed sub and its skipper, Eugene B. Fluckey. In Thunder Below, Fluckey puts us in … Continue reading

Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today. A Secret Society History of the Civil War Were the forces that drove the United States to civil war prompted by secret organizations such as the Brotherhood of the Union? Mark A. … Continue reading

Between Two Homelands: Letters across the Borders of Nazi Germany provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of one family living during the tumultuous years of World War Two. The book, which was assembled from family letters by Hedda Kalshoven, gives … Continue reading

Peter N. Stearns is Provost of George Mason University, author of Globalization in World History and editor of the new UIP book Demilitarization in the Contemporary World.  He answered our questions about the book. Q: The book covers the demilitarization efforts in Japan and … Continue reading