The History Department celebrated three faculty members publishing books earlier this semester.
Professor Emeritus Howard Jones published My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness. In it, Jones gives an exhaustively researched and compelling look at the events of March 16, 1968, when U.S. troops entered a group of hamlets on a “search and destroy” mission. Three hours later, more than 500 civilians were dead, killed by U.S. soldiers in the My Lai Massacre, named after one of the hamlets. Jones’ book has already received high praise from reviewers, and his book will certainly prove to be a definitive study of one of the most devastating events in American military history.
Dr. Andrew Huebner also published a book this semester: Love and Death in the Great War. In it, Huebner argues that Americans viewed the war was a battle for home and family, analyzing the idea of redemptive war across public and private spheres. Huebner merges untold stories of ordinary men and women with a history of wartime culture, studying the war’s emotional dimensions and homefront effects. Huebner’s work brings a unique way of understanding one of America’s most enigmatic wars.
The department also celebrated the publication of Dr. George McClure’s Doubting the Divine in Early Modern Europe: The Revival of Momus, the Agnostic God. In this work, McClure examines the intellectual tradition of challenges to religious and literary authority in the early modern era. He explores the hidden history of unbelief through the lens of Momus, the Greek god of criticism and mockery.
Congratulations to Drs. Huebner, Jones, and McClure on their work! We could not be more proud of the scholarship they continue to produce in their fields.