13th Annual McCarthy Lecture Series
Books
Dale Lecture 2017: Gen. Davis Petraeus
2017-2019 Gen. Buford Blount Professor of Military History
Waging Peace Conference 2016
13th Annual McCarthy Lecture Series
Books
Dale Lecture 2017: Gen. Davis Petraeus
2017-2019 Gen. Buford Blount Professor of Military History
Waging Peace Conference 2016

War & Society?

War and Society, a field born out of the “new social history” movement of the 1970s, expands on the field of military history, with its traditional focus on leaders, strategy, and battle movements.  War & Society scholars look at war and the military “from the bottom up,” studying the consequences of conflict on communities, soldiers, non-combatants, societies, and cultures.  They also focus on how a historical society’s ideals and values influenced the makeup of its armed forces and the way it fought its wars.  The War & Society field grows stronger every year, as can be seen in the diversity of academic projects undertaken by the faculty and graduate students of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at Southern Miss.

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Events

The Dale Center is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series. This year's series, "'It is too furious': Indigenous Warfare in Early North America," will address the changing modes of Native American military and political organization and tactics used in early America in response to the numerous threats posed by colonizers. All lectures begin at 6:00 pm in the Liberal Arts Building Room 101 and are free and open to the public. 

On Tuesday, February 6, Dr. Robbie Ethridge from the University of Mississippi will speak on “Global Capital, Violence, and the Making of a Colonial Shatter Zone.” On Thursday, February 15, Dr. David J. Silverman of George Washington University will discuss his new book Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America. On Tuesday, February 27, the Dale Center’s own Dr. Joshua Haynes will give a talk entitled "Uncommon Ferocity: Patrolling the Creek-Georgia" based on his forthcoming book with the University of Georgia Press. 

This year's McCarthy Lecture series has been organized by Dale Center Fellow Dr. Joshua Haynes and Dale Center Co-director Dr. Kyle Zelner thanks to the generous support of Dale Center patrons Dr. Richard McCarthy and Dr. Craig Howard. To learn more about the lecture series click here

 

News

LSU Press recently released Hood's Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy's Most Celebrated Unit by Susannah J. Ural, co-director of the Dale Center. 

Examining one of the most effective units to fight on either side of the conflict, Ural presents a nontraditional unit history that traces the experiences of these soldiers and their families to gauge the war’s effect on them and to understand their role in the white South’s struggle for independence.Ural argues that the average Texas Brigade volunteer possessed an unusually strong devotion to southern independence. Whereas most Texans and Arkansans fought in the West or Trans-Mississippi West, members of the Texas Brigade volunteered for a unit that moved them over a thousand miles from home, believing that they would exert the greatest influence on the war’s outcome by fighting near the Confederate capital in Richmond.