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1. Dylan Cyr <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2. Evelyn Krache Morris <ekrachemorris@GMAIL.COM> 3. Steven J Pedler <email@example.com> 4. daniel spector <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: Dylan Cyr <email@example.com>----- I have no suggestions for a text proper, but might I float the idea of James W. Johnston's famous memoir The Long Road of War: A Marine's Story of Pacific Combat [1997 - Nebraska] as a supplimentry "human-interest" read (or any stellar memoir like Leckie's or Sledge for the Pacific, Caputo or Ninh for Vietnam, etc.). I used Johnston's work heavily in my dissertation to stress the environmental impact on the human body in places like the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, etc. I had argued that environmental determinism, and not cultural determinism (like Dower) was the real defining feature of that war. I suspect your course would be aided by a strong focus on environmental issues and maybe less on 'victimization'/protest discourses that don't really fit with military history anyone, which has moved to a post-revisionist phase, not neo-revisionist one. Also, medical issues will, I suspect, turn out to be key to your course. For instance, disease is too often thought of as endogenous to the body when really soldiers face micro-organisms as just another type of "animal", and that relates to the environmental locality. For instance, malaria was THE issue for the 1stMarDiv on Guadalcanal; expressed by veterans themselves. If you ask a vet about war crimes, they'll say "never saw one" (altho there is definately something to be said about war crime mutilations, etc). Military organizations often have the budget for massive medical research, often far more than at home in non-wartime. Also related to medical history would be substance abuse, another venue worth exploring. Anyway, just some brainstorming. Pardon any boldness here, I mean no offense and think you have an awesome idea here. Dr. Dylan A. Cyr Dylan Cyr <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: Evelyn Krache Morris <ekrachemorris@GMAIL.COM>----- Hello, What a fascinating topic. Off the top of my head, I can suggest War Without Mercy (John Dower); Jonathan Shay's Achilles in Vietnam (Odysseus in America might also work); An Intimate History of Killing (Joanna Bourke); On Killing (Dave Grossman); and Gail Bederman's Manliness and Civilization. You might also look at The War Within series by Garry Trudeau, Johnny Got His Gun, and the movie The Best Years of Our Lives (stars a disabled actor and war veteran and has an early cinematic portrait of PTSD). As far as theory, The Body In Pain would be one place to start. Hope this helps! Evelyn Krache Morris Georgetown University Evelyn Krache Morris <ekrachemorris@GMAIL.COM> -----Message from: Steven J Pedler <email@example.com>----- A couple of suggestions come to mind on this topic. Kristin Hoganson's Fighting for American Manhood would be one possibility. Hoganson's book explores the ways in which conceptions of "manhood" (and a perceived need to "reinvigorate" American masculinity in the late 19th Century) played a role in the debate over whether the country should go to war with Spain in 1898, as well as the subsequent debate over whether or not the U.S. should establish and maintain a colonial government in the Philippines. On the theme of dehumanization of the enemy, I think John Dower's War Without Mercy could be extremely useful. The book discusses the use of race and racialized imagery by the governments of the United States and Japan during the Second World War. The book includes a number of illustrations showing how American and Japanese cartoonists depicted their foes during the war years, which I've found to be a particularly powerful teaching tool. I'd definitely recommend giving it a look. Regards, --Steven Pedler Ph.D. Candidate, Bowling Green State University Steven J Pedler <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: daniel spector <email@example.com>----- Martin Smith might contact the folks at Fort Detrick, who(at least when I was with the Army) researched ergonomics as they evaluated everything from uniforms, combat load under varying conditions, and rations. If they are no longer doing that, there are likely other DOD organizations doing the same job. Best Dan Spector daniel spector <firstname.lastname@example.org> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----