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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Winter 2015

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History takes you on an exciting journey to the world's greatest battles and campaigns over the last 5,000 years, from ancient warfare through modern battles. Written by distinguished authors and historians who bring the world of history alive, the magazine covers in vivid detail the soldiers, leaders, tactics, and weapons throughout military history, and delivers it in an exquisitely illustrated, premium quality edition.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
HistoryNet
Frequency:
Quarterly
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in this issue

2 min.
the real things

Fresh attention is now being directed to the stuff of history, to the three dimensional objects that have survived from the old days of their uses. New books have touted “100 Objects” or “101” or even “1,000” as a way to understand a big event like World War I. Some have suggested that one can understand the whole sweep of history, or at least of military history, through interpretation of 100 objects or 100 weapons. Never mind that these books are really suggesting that people can gain a fresh understanding of a period or event in history not through firsthand—tactile— experience with a period object but by looking at printed photographs of the selected objects. Nor is this a new idea. It has long been called “material culture,” and the premise…

1 min.
flashback

NORTH ATLANTIC 1943 On convoy escort, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer drops depth charges on U-175. TODAY 2015 marks 100 years since the Revenue Cutter and Life-Saving Services were merged to form the U.S. Coast Guard Service. U.S. Coast Guard/National Archives MIDDLE EAST ca. 1180 BC Shackled Sea Peoples captured in fighting near Gaza are depicted on the mortuary temple of Ramses III at Thebes. TODAY Egyptians broker a tenuous cease-fire between Palestinian and Israeli forces after renewed violence erupts in Gaza. Erich Lessing/Art Resource, New York TOKYO 1945 American-born Iva Toguri d’Aquino—known to history as “Toyko Rose” for her propaganda broadcasts to Allied troops in WWII—talks to reporters outside her home after the war. TODAY ISIS militants use social media to broadcast messages of terror to the Western world. PhoM1c J.G. Mull/U.S. Navy/National Archives…

3 min.
outmoded new model

Jim Lacey and Sharon Tosi Lacey’s article on Oliver Cromwell [“The Curse of Cromwell,” Autumn 2014] helped flesh out the man, but King Charles II had other reasons for disbanding the New Model Army than simple personal animosity. While it was victorious in the English Civil War and fought well in the Franco-Spanish War, it was still a rather outmoded affair compared to the better Continental armies, such as those of France or the emerging Prussians. The French respected its tenacity rather than its fighting prowess. It might have been one of the first forces to typify the “cannon fodder” sobriquet of the gunpowder age. While Charles might have wanted an army to oppose the Dutch, both countries were more focused on naval affairs, and the ensuing Anglo-Dutch naval wars…

3 min.
contributors

Renowned Civil War scholar James McPherson says it’s a historian’s job to get beyond the myths that people hold and “closer to some kind of reality.” In his most recent book, excerpted on page 42, he looks at the reality beyond the myths that surround one of the Civil War’s most pivotal players, Jefferson Davis. He examines Davis’s role as commander in chief and as the figure who shaped and articulated “the principal policy of the Confederacy…. the quest for independent nationhood.” McPherson believes the issues that resulted in the 1860s disunion are “still important in American society today: regionalism, resentment of centralized government, debates about how powerful the national government ought to be and what role it ought to play in people’s lives.” Wayne Lee spent his first few years…

1 min.
british revolutionary war burials

Q After visiting some of the beautifully maintained British cemeteries in Europe and Asia, I was struck by the dedication of the British to honoring their dead left in foreign lands. What happened to the dead of their side in the American Revolutionary War? If they are here, where are they and who cares for them today? Paul Anderson Helena,Montana A At the time of the American Revolution, British Army regulations called for battlefield burial of their dead. So the remains of redcoats who died of wounds or disease in the war— 25,000, by one reliable estimate—lie in many places. Recent research in Boston indicates that after the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, about 50 of the British dead were interred in an abandoned trench dug by American defenders. Presumably…

3 min.
the assassins’ moment

Philip II 382–336 BC The assassination of Macedon’s soldier-king may have been arranged by his own family. His spurned wife, Olympias, and her ambitious 20-year-old son, Alexander—fearful that Alexander would be passed over in favor of another heir by a younger wife—may have approached Philip’s disgruntled bodyguard (and possible lover), Pausanias, and asked him to do the deed. After plunging a sword deep between Philip’s ribs, Pausanias himself was conveniently slain by three of Alexander’s friends—before he could implicate anyone. Julius Caesar 100–44 BC Caesar conquered the Gauls and vanquished the Britons and Germans, but he was perhaps too forgiving of his defeated Roman enemies. Though he had extended clemency to them in 45 bc, after a four-year civil war ended, his opponents were not so willing to reconcile with their hated foe.…