History

I am a fervent student of history, and often explore history and its continuing impact on the world today on this site. It is an inescapable obsession for me; more than a hobby, it is a devotion.

Generally, I am interested in nineteenth and twentieth century world history with special attention to western and central Asia, cultural history, and the impacts of globalization on smaller communities. Though I am by no means a specialist, I am particularly interested in how the Cold War played out in the Islamic World, Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America, and in how communities deal with collective historical traumas. However, there is no part of history that does not fascinate me.

Boughdoy Statue in Appleton, Wisconsin; thousands of these statues were placed throughout the country to commemorate U.S. involvement in World War One.

Boughdoy Statue in Appleton, Wisconsin; thousands of these statues were placed throughout the country to commemorate U.S. involvement in World War One.

3 thoughts on “History

    1. keeneshort Post author

      Thank you! I think my point is more that, while the statues emphasize the soldier, the idea of public history summarizes collective participation through a collection of symbols. US involvement in the Great War was not just a barrage of armed men. Weapons were produced in factories, often produced by women and men on the home front, and many Americans participated in the War before the US officially entered by volunteering with the Red Cross (such as Ernest Hemingway, for example). US involvement extended into total war, with civilian participation on the medical front and home front, and after the War the US participated (somewhat) in the political aftermath. But certainly the statue emphasizes soldiers and their sacrifices.

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      1. GP Cox

        In every war’s story, the combat soldier is emphasized because relate war with up front fighting. That’s why on my site, I intermittently add home front stories and behind the scenes jobs. I have repeatedly told commenters that it takes an army to put a man on the front line and then keep him there. For March, I spent a week honoring some of the work of the women during WWII (as an example).

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