Military History Field
Core Reading List


Suggestions regarding the list (additions, deletions, substitutions, etc.) are welcome.
Please email them to Robert Clemm, the list coordinator.

Supplemental Reading List

Andreopoulos, George J., Michael E. Howard and Mark R. Shulman The Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World N/A N/A Military Theory
Bartov, Omer Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich 20th C Germany Combat Motivation
Beevor, Antony The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 20th C Europe General
Biddle, Tammy Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare 20th C Europe Aviation
Black, Jeremy A Military Revolution? Military Change and European Society, 1550-1800 E.M. to 18th C Europe Military Revolution
Brewer, John The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783 17th/18th C England/Great Britain Logistics
Browning, Christopher R. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland 20th C Germany General
Chandler, David The Campaigns of Napoleon 18th C France Operations
Cipolla, Carlo M. Guns, Sails, and Empires Early Modern Europe Western Way of War/Technology
Clausewitz, Carl von On War 19th C N/A Military Theory
Coffman, Edward M. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime 1784-1898 18th-19th C U.S. General
Cooper, Randolf G. S. The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns and the Contest for India 18th C South Asia General
Craig, Gordon The Politics of the Prussian Army, 1640-1945 17th-19th C Germany Civil-Military Relations
Doughty The Seeds of Disaster 20th C Europe Strategy
Dower, John W. War without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War 20th C U.S./Japan Culture/Race
Drea, Edward In the Service of the Emperor 20th C Japan General
Duyvesteyn Clausewitz and African War 20th C Africa Military Theory
Echevarria, Antulio J. After Clausewitz 19th C Germany Military Theory
Eksteins, Modris Rites of Spring: the Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age 20th C Europe Culture
Evans, David C. and Mark R. Peattie Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy 1887-1941 19th-20th C Japan Naval
Ferguson, N The Pity of War 20th C Europe Culture
Fischer, Fritz World Power or Decline? 20th C Germany Civil-Military Relations/WW1 Origins
Foos, Paul W A short, offhand, killing affair: soldiers and social conflict during the Mexican-American War 19th C U.S. General
France, John Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000-1300 Crusades Europe General
Frank, Richard B. Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire 20th C Japan General
Frevert, Ute A Nation in Barracks 19th/20th C Germany Civil-Military Relations/Gender
Frey, Slvia R. Water From the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age 18th C U.S. Race
Fussell, Paul The Great War and Modern Memory 20th C Europe Culture
Gat, Azar The Origins of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to Clausewitz E.M. to 19th C Europe Military Theory
Glantz, David and House When Titans Clashed 20th C Europe General
Glatthaar Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers 19th C U.S. Race
Glete, Jan History of Warfare at Sea Early Modern Europe Naval
Glete, Jan War and the State in Early Modern Europe Early Modern Europe Military Revolution
Grimsley and Rogers Civilians in the Path of War N/A Global War and Society
Grimsley, Mark The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy towards Southern Civilians 1861-1865 19th C U.S. War and Society
Grossman, David On Killing: The Psychological Costs of Learning to Kill in War and Society 20th C N/A War and Society
Gudmundsson, Bruce I. Stormtroop Tactics 20th C Europe Military Theory/Tactics
Guilmartin, John Francis Jr. Gunpowder and Galleys Early Modern Europe Military Revolution/Naval
Hale, J. R. War and Society in Renaissance Europe, 1450-1620 Early Modern Europe War and Society
Hall, Bert S. Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe Early Modern Europe Technology
Hanson, Victor Davis Carnage and Culture N/A Global Western Way of War
Hassig, Ross War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica Early Modern Latin America War and Society
Herrmann, David The Arming of Europe and the Making of the First World War 19th C Europe Civil-Military Relations
Howard, Michael War in European History N/A Europe General
Hull, Isabel V. Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany 19th/20th C Germany Culture/Imperialism
Joll, James The Origins of the First World War 19th C Europe General/WW1 Origins
J üger, Ernst Storm of Steel 20th C Europe Culture
Keegan, John The Face of Battle N/A N/A War and Society/Combat Motivation
Keeley, Lawrence War Before Civilization Ancient (?) Global General
Kennedy, Paul M Rise and Fall of the Great Powers 19th C Europe Grand Strategy
Knox, MacGregor, and Williamson Murray, eds. The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050 N/A Global Military Revolution
Linderman Embattled Courage 19th C U.S. Combat Motivation
Linn, Brian M. The Philippine War, 1899-1902 19th-20th C U.S. General
Liulevicius, Vejas War Land on the Eastern Front: Culture, National Identity and German Occupation in World War I 20th C Europe Culture/War and Society
Luttwak, Edward N. The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire from the first century AD to the third Ancient Europe/Africa Military Theory
Lynn, John A Battle: A History of Combat and Culture From Ancient Greece to Modern America N/A Global Culture
Lynn, John A. The Bayonets of the Republic 18th C France Combat Motivation
Lynn, John A., ed. Feeding Mars: Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present 20th C N/A Logistics/Technology
Mahan, Alfred Thayer The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1789 17th/18th C Global Naval
Malone, Patrick M The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics among the New England Indians 16th-18th C U.S. Technology/Tactics
Marshall, S. L. A. Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command 20th C N/A Combat Motivation
May, Ernest R. Knowing One's Enemies: Intelligence Assessments before the Two World Wars 20th C Global Intelligence
McNeill, William H. The Pursuit of Power N/A Global Military Revolution
McPherson, James M. For Cause and Comrades 19th C U.S. Combat Motivation
McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era 19th C U.S. Combat Motivation
Menning, Bruce W. Bayonets before Bullets: The Imperial Russian Army, 1861-1914 19th C Russia Military Theory
Mosse, George L. Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the World Wars 20th C Europe Culture
Murray, Williamson ed. The Making of Strategy N/A N/A Strategy
Murray, Williamson, and Allan R. Millett, eds. Military Effectiveness (3 vols.) N/A Global Military Theory
Murray, Williamson, and Allan R. Millett, eds. Military Innovation in the Interwar Period 20th C Global Military Theory/Technology
Oman, Charles Sir The Art of Warfare in the Middle Ages (One Volume) Middle Ages Europe Military Theory
Overy, Richard J. The Air War, 1939-1945 20th C Global Aviation
Overy, Richard J. Why the Allies Won 20th C Global General
Paret, Peter Clausewitz and the State: The Man, his Theories, and his Times 19th C Germany Military Theory
Paret, Peter, ed Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age N/A N/A Military Theory
Parker, Geoffrey The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West Early Modern Europe Military Revolution
Pennington Wings, Women, and Warfare 20th C U.S.S.R. Aviation/Gender
Raaflaub and Rosenstein War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Ancient Europe War and Society
Ralston, David Importing the European Army N/A Global Western Way of War/Imperialsim
Rogers, C. J., ed. The Military Revolution Debate Early Modern Europe Military Revolution
Rosenstein Imperatores Victi (OR Rome at War) Ancient Europe General
Rosenstein Rome at War: Farms, Families and Death in the Middle Republic (OR Imperatores Victi) Ancient Europe War and Society
Rothenburg, Gunther E. The Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon 18th/19th C Europe Military Theory
Sawyer (translation) The Art of War Ancient Global Military Theory
Showalter, Dennis E. Railroads and Rifles: Soldiers, Technology, and the Unification of Germany 19th C Europe Technology
Spector, Ronald H. Eagle against the Sun 20th C Pacific General
Strachan, Hew The First World War (One Volume) 20th C Europe General
Sumida, Jon T. In Defense of Naval Supremacy: Finance, Technology and British Naval Policy, 1889-1914 19th C England/Great Britain Naval
Thornton, John K. Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800 E.M. to 18th C Africa General
Utley, Robert Marshall The Indian Frontier of the American West, 1846-1890 19th C U.S. General
Van Creveld, Martin Command in War N/A N/A Civil-Military Relations/Military Theory
Van Wees, Hans Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities Ancient Europe Western Way of War
Weigley, Russell F. The American Way of War: A History of US Military Strategy and Policy 17th-20th C U.S. Civil-Military Relations/Military Theory
Weigley, Russell F. History of the United States Army 18th-20th C U.S. General
Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II 20th C Global General
Zuber, Terence Inventing the Schlieffen Plan: German War Planning, 1871-1914 19th/20th C Germany General


Most recent revision: March 22, 2008