The University of Southern Mississippi Center for the Study of War and Society’s 5th Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series features four top scholars discussing the historical concept of a “Southern Way of War.”
Dr. Wayne Lee, associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will open the series at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 8 in room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Lee’s presentation is titled, “Celtic Warrior and Confederate Soldiers: Putting the ‘Celtic Way of War’ to the Sword.” The event is free and open to the public.
“There is an old and persistent theory that Confederate tactics were derived from the military culture and experience of the so-called ‘Celtic fringe’ who supplied many of the settlers to the South,” said Lee, who currently serves as the chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense at UNC-Chapel Hill. “My talk will discuss that theory, where it came from, what has happened to it, and then go into a bit of detail about how the ‘Celtic fringe’ of lowland Scotland and especially Ireland actually fought.”
This year’s lectures bring together leading scholars like Lee, Dr. David Silbey of Alvernia University, and Southern Miss history professors Dr. Susannah Ural and Dr. Heather Stur, to discuss the historic debate of a military culture that is unique to the American South.
The speakers will strive to show how these concepts have evolved from the Civil War through the Vietnam War and understand why Southerners have dominated the U.S. military since the mid-19th Century. Other questions to be explored include, how Southerners came to link military service with good citizenship? How this originally white male tradition came to include African American and women? And why the cultural image of a Southern military tradition continues today?
The lecture series, made possible through the donation of Dr. Richard McCarthy of Hattiesburg, is one of the many events hosted by the Southern Miss Center for the Study of War and Society. The Center serves as a local, national, and international resource for the study of the history of warfare on social, economic, political, cultural and military levels.
The Center fosters a greater understanding of the myriad aspects of warfare through concentration in four inter-related areas: undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching and mentorship, scholarship, and community outreach. Past lectures have brought distinguished war and society scholars such as Dennis Showalter, Brian McAllister Linn, John Grenier, James H. Willbanks, Gary Sheffield and Jeremy Black to Hattiesburg.
For more information on the 5th Annual Richard McCarthy War & Society Lecture Series, contact Dr. Susannah Ural at 601-266-4333
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