A Student of History

May 28, 2010

“Contest for Continents: The Seven Years’ War in Global Perspective”

Filed under: Early America,Wars — John Maass @ 7:32 am

The Brock Review
Call for Papers: “Contest for Continents: The Seven Years’ War in Global Perspective”

British Grenadiers, 1750s

The Brock Review is seeking scholarly essays and creative pieces for an upcoming issue on the theme of “Contest for Continents: The Seven Years’ War in Global Perspective” (Vol. 12 No. 2). With nearly one million battlefield deaths and fighting on four continents and in three oceans, the Great War for Empire stands as the first world war. Focusing on the conflict as one that transcended the national and imperial categories that have traditionally been used to evaluate it, this issue aims to study the war both globally, involving North America, South Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Philippines, and in transnational perspective, by examining the conflict’s military, diplomatic, political, cultural, economic, and social aspects.

This issue is thematically linked to the “Contest for Continents” conference which was jointly hosted by Brock University and Niagara University in October 2009.

Possible topics for this issue might include:

• Military histories analyzing the campaigns in various theaters
• The effect of the colonial context on the conduct of operations
• The role of “natives,” including indigenous North-, Anglo-, and Franco-Americans and the peoples of the South Asian Indian states
• Economic questions such as trade interests (or the lack thereof) and resource mobilization
• Political histories examining Parliament in Great Britain and the courts of other states
• The parts played by individuals (such as Frederick the Great or William Pitt)
• The long-term effects of the war on North America, South Asia, and Europe
• Empire building and the European balance of power
• Representations of the overseas “other”
• The war’s effect on popular memory as seen in literature, material objects, and commemorative ceremonies

The Brock Review is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published by the Humanities Research Institute at Brock University. Scholarly essays submitted to The Brock Review should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages in length. Essays should adhere to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and include endnotes (where necessary) and a bibliography.

25th Foot in the Seven Years' War

Manuscripts should be original works and should not be published (or under consideration for publication) in another format. Manuscripts should be submitted via the journal website (www.brocku.ca/brockreview) by the 15th of September, 2010. Each submission must be accompanied by a 100 word abstract, and a brief biography of the author. It is the sole responsibility of the author to obtain any necessary copyright permissions for images accompanying an essay. If your essay is accepted for publication, you must provide copies of these permissions before your essay can be published.

Creative work (i.e.: video clips, paintings, photographs, poetry, short fiction or other types of work suitable to the online format of the journal) will also be considered for publication and should be submitted in an electronic format by the 15th of September, 2010. In the event that your submission is too large of a file to send submit online, CDs or DVDs can be sent to the address below. Creative work must be accompanied by a statement indicating the creator(s) of the piece have given consent to have it included in The Brock Review.

Dr. Keri Cronin
Editor, The Brock Review
c/o Department of Visual Arts
Brock University
500 Glenridge Ave.
St. Catharines, ON L2N 4C2

British Officer, 1750s

May 20, 2010

Lafayette: The Lost Hero

Filed under: Early America,Wars — John Maass @ 6:22 am

Here’s some info @ a new PBS program to be broadcast in Sept.:

Lafayette: The Lost Hero tells the story of the Marquis De Lafayette and his
quest to bring democracy to America and France, through the eyes of Sabine Renault Sabloniere, a 21st century descendant.


The film traces the life and legend of this intriguing, neglected, and controversial figure, who left France at the age of 19 and fought courageously for the independence of the United States. He returns to France, risking his life to help start the French Revolution and then struggles in vain to bring democracy to his country by peaceful means. Years later, after being imprisoned for bringing freedom movements to Europe, he returns, triumphantly, for the 50th anniversary of the American revolution — this country’s first great patriotic celebration.

May 6, 2010

“The Military History of North Carolina”

Filed under: Early America,NC History,New books,Wars — John Maass @ 12:13 pm

Battle at Guilford Courthouse, 1781

I have been asked to co-author a new book, “The Military History of North Carolina,” part of a developing series by Westholme Publishing.  Not sure the title will remain as is, but it is OK for now.   I am handling the colonial and revolutionary period, Mark Bradley will handle the mid-19th century and beyond.  Looking at 2014 to be finished.

Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene

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