Robert M. Citino’s Military Histories Old and New: A Reintroduction talks about the change from ‘old’ to ‘new’ military history. Citino describes ‘old’ military history as a narrow battlefield analysis, while ‘new’ military history is described as an interface between war and society. The transition from ‘old’ to ‘new’ military history has been happening since a generation ago. These ‘new’ military historians focus on how the social-cultural aspects of society (race, class, gender, age, etc.) affect political or military history. His use of Chester Hearn’s Sorties into Hell, which deals with the unspeakable fate that befell American prisoners held in the Japanese island-prison of Chichi Jima; is one of the ways he describes how social history can fill in the blanks of how and why these people acted the way did during this military event. I believe that ‘new’ military history is a progressive socio-cultural field of history that gives the other perspectives of a historic event a voice.

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2 Comments

Anthony J. Adams · September 25, 2017 at 4:56 am

I like it. good job

Moon · September 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm

You want to be a little more specific in the future.

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