Thursday, April 10, 2014

New military history research: WWI, the Ten Years' War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq

The Journal of American Studies has three articles of interest.

Steven Parfitt writes about labor activity in the US during WWI.  Parfitt focuses on telegraph unions and their activities during the war.  Parfitt.  Parfitt argues that the federal government involvement encouraged trade union growth during the war but encouraged anti and non union behavior into the 1920s.

Andrew Priest addresses US attitudes towards the Spanish Empire and Cuba during the Ten Years’ War of 1868-1878.  Priest argues that the Grant Administration demonstrated an increasing attitude of moral superiority towards the colonizers and the colonized in that conflict. 
 1879 - Spanish military section in the Palais du Champ-de-Mars, during the Paris 1878 World Fair. 
At the time of the World Fair, the Cuban ten years' war had just ended, and Spain and Cuba 
had signed a peace treaty in February.

 Al Hillah, Iraq (May, 24th 2003) -- U.S. Marines, assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st MEF), stand guard duty at a palace compound that is now part of Camp Babylon. The palace was one of Saddam Hussein's summer palaces which overlooks the ancient ruins of Babylon.

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