Academic journal article The Historian

In This Issue

Academic journal article The Historian

In This Issue

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Our third issue of 2014 is entirely dedicated to the First World War. Dr. Graydon Tunstall, a foremost expert on the war (who wears at the same time the hat of executive director of Phi Alpha Theta), has been kind enough to serve as the guest editor of this special issue. He writes:

It is a great pleasure to edit a volume of The Historian dedicated to the First World War during its hundred-year anniversary. I want to thank Kees Boterbloem, editor of The Historian, and editorial assistant Ben Sperduto for their work in preparing this volume. The authors, in most cases, present first-hand historical information based on exhaustive archival research. Readers can expect to receive many new insights into this seminal event of the twentieth-century as additional volumes will follow in each centennial year of the war.

The first article is by Paul Robinson, whose biography on Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, the first of its kind in English, will be published later this year. He examines the intricacies behind the Russian command structure that contributed to the assault on the Ottoman fortress of Erzerum. The next article comes from William T. Dean III, a specialist in French colonial warfare. Over half a million French colonial soldiers would see action in the war, and Dean not only shows how unprepared they were for this new era of warfare, but also how poorly French commanders utilized them. …

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