Author: Military History Monthly

Rome

Soldiers from the ancient world

As part of our extended feature on the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, MHM  looks at the soldiers involved in the fighting up to and including the Battle of Adrianople. The Late Roman Army To one of Julius Caesar’s centurions, the Late Roman Army would have been unrecognisable. The Anarchy of AD 235 to […]

IWM

War Culture – IWM Atrium

To celebrate the re-opening of the Imperial War Museum London, MHM explores the artefacts, old and new, housed in the museum’s famous atrium. Designed by Foster + Partners, the new space includes terraced galleries rising up either side with new curated displays chronologically taking visitors through the history of conflict in Britain from 1914 to […]

Behind-the-Image

BEHIND THE IMAGE – L’infanterie Cycliste

The region of Meaux came dangerously close to being occupied by the advancing German army in September 1914. The German onslaught had already laid waste to the surrounding villages of Chambry, Barcy, Montyon, Varreddes, and Chauconin-Neufmontier, where this image was taken. Meaux was well within their sights, and as the Germans approached, the residents of […]

Marcus-Aurelius

THINKERS AT WAR – Marcus Aurelius

Iain King looks as the philosophy of Emperor Marcus Aurelius One of Rome’s most remarkable rulers, Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) is commonly regarded as the last of ‘the five good emperors’. Along with his predecessors – Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and Antonius Pius – Marcus brought stability to an unstable empire. The five presided over almost […]

Thinkers-at-war

Thinkers at War: Chairman Mao

Iain King explores the military career of Chairman Mao Mao: revolutionary leader China’s official view of Mao is that he was ‘70% right and 30% wrong’. It is a generous compromise, particularly unfitting for a man who rarely offered generosity or compromise himself. Mao’s status as a thinker is beyond doubt. He had a direct and […]

War-Culture

WAR CULTURE – Nevinson’s prints

In conjunction with a new exhibition opening at Osborne Samuel gallery, MHM  looks at some of CRW Nevinson’s most celebrated war-time works of art. Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson was a noted British war artist, whose predilection for representing the mechanical nature of war set him apart from many of his wartime contemporaries. Having opted to […]

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Behind the Image – Society at War

French Women Munition Workers   A narrow corridor leads into the distance between serried ranks of shells. The slightly elevated viewpoint exaggerates the narrowing of the corridor until it almost vanishes a third of the way from the top of the photograph, and a third in from the right. This is a classic composition that […]

War-on-Film

WAR ON FILM – Oh! What a Lovely War

Richard Attenborough’s 1969 BAFTA award winning film Oh! What a Lovely War has many similarities to the Joan Littlewood Theatre Workshop musical of 1963. There is the powerful use of the popular satirical war songs, the sense of choreography, the use of documentary information to counterpoint the burlesque, and the passionate anti-war message. But there […]

John-Rawls

Thinkers at War – John Rawls

‘To each according to his threat advantage does not count as a principle of justice.’ John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, 1971 Born: 21 February 1921 Nationality: American Profession: Academic philosopher University: Harvard and Oxford Died: 24 November 2002 Enthusiastic and patriotic, John Rawls enlisted in the US Army in the middle of World War […]

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THINKERS AT WAR – Clauswitz

‘War is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfil our will. War is an act of violence pushed to its utmost bounds.’ Carl von Clausewitz, On War, 1832 Carl von Clausewitz was a complicated man: a loyal patriot who served a foreign army; a softly-spoken individual who expressed himself in resounding language; […]

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