Month: March 2017

Praise for The Holocaust. History and Memory

This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Holocaust.  Its value is twofold.

First, this excellent brief study places the Holocaust in the context of Germany’s military strategy in World War II.  It is a timely reminder that Hitler’s genocidal determination to rid Europe of its Jewish population was a key element in Germany’s conduct of the war.  Black also emphasises the extent to which all of Europe was complicit in the destruction of European Jewry.

Secondly, in detailing the history of the memorialization of the Holocaust in Europe and beyond, Black insightfully explores important and still unresolved questions concerning the nature and presence of evil in the world, and alerts readers to the ever-present dangers of divisiveness and prejudice in today’s political and theological climate.

Ian J. Bickerton, UNSW

7 April 2017: Maps and War

Jeremy will be speaking at the New York Military Affairs Symposium on Friday 7 April from 7.00 pm on Maps and War: an introduction. All welcome; free entry.

Venue:
The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmens’ Club
283 Lexington Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
New York, NY 10016-3540

 

Air Power – review by Robert S. Ehlers, Jr

Air Power – review by Robert S. Ehlers, Jr

Jeremy Black. Air Power: A Global History. London and Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016. Pp. 386. Softcover $38.00.

Reviewed by Robert S. Ehlers, Jr.

Writing a concise and effective history of airpower from its inception more than a century ago to the present is something of a challenge, but Jeremy Black has pulled it off quite nicely in his new book, Airpower: A Global History. It is an excellent general history of airpower and an indispensable work for anyone who has anything to do with the employment of air assets. A range of audiences, from policymakers, to military personnel, to students of military history, should read it. The author uses a chronological approach within which he embeds major airpower-related themes. Black makes four assertions at the outset, all of which are generally accurate: that existing airpower literature has limitations in terms of assessing the interrelationships between policy and military aspects of the air weapon’s use; that it focuses too heavily on the leading air powers; that most of the works written to date are for specialists; and that there has been a tendency among airpower historians to overrate its importance more than army historians underrate it. If the latter assertion is debatable, the others are not, and so Black gives readers a book that seeks to counteract the problems he discerns in existing works on airpower.

Read the full review in US Military History Review, Volume 3, Number 1 – December 2016

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: a global history – review by C.C. Lovett

 

The nature of war has changed, especially since the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Now the public no longer worries about nuclear Armageddon, but instead fears suicide bombers in European capitals. Consequently, the face of war has been altered. In his new study, respected military historian Black (Univ. of Exeter, UK) seeks to enlighten readers by highlighting not only the mainstream analysis of guerrilla operations but, more importantly, the evolution of counterinsurgency doctrine.

Read the full review at Great Choice

Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency : a global history by Jeremy Black is published by Rowman & Littlefield (2016). 273p bibl index afp, 9781442256316 $89.00, 9781442256323 $35.00, 9781442256330 $34.99. More