Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New military history research: WWII Holocaust writings, Franco-Prussian War, and modern African conflict

The European Review of History presents two topics of interest.
Dana Mihailescu writes about the narratives produced by Polish child Holocaust experiences.  Mihailescu debates whether the narratives present what the author’s felt as children or what they thought about their experience once they reached adulthood.  The conclusion is that these authors are aware of the limitations on their memories and feelings and discusses how this is presented.
Christopher Ernest Barber explores diplomacy during the Franco-Prussian War.  Barber explains that European powers were trying to maintain moderation among the powers and examines to what extent this was maintained.
September 17, 1870 - Illustrated London News - "Discussing the War in a Paris Café"

The International History Review presents a study by Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses and Robert McNamara on a recurring combined military exercise between Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa launched in 1970.  The authors discuss the goals of the exercise and how the participants did not realize Portugal was drawing away from its colonial wars.

Conflict, Security and Development presents a study by Andrea Edoardo Varisco on the United Kingdom’s attempts to assist the conflict-affected Sierra Leone.

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