Polemology Positions

Gender Heretic
conflict history
Created 21 Jan 2021
  • Sex Differences in Prehistoric Conflict
    21 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    An encounter battle depicted on a cave at Morella la Vella, Spain, ~7000 BC “The central fact of military theory is that war is a sociological device, and weapons are merely tools used to facilitate i...
  • Wireless War on the Western Front
    20 Dec 2021 • 7 min read
    According to historian Holger Herwig, airplanes like the one above were solely responsible for the French victory on the Marne in 1914, halting the German juggernaut short of Paris. My skepticism is b...
  • Brain Bucket: Daze of Future Past
    19 Dec 2021 • 13 min read
    Red Grange in 1917 The first protective headgear for football players appeared in the 1890s. Annapolis midshipman Joseph M. Reeves, who would go on to become the father of the aircraft carrier, is cre...
  • The Bronze (Shoe) Lie
    17 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Pursuant to my review this week of Myke Cole’s excellent book on Sparta’s military record (linked below), a new consensus among academics is that Spartans did not expose imperfect babies (leave them t...
  • Do You Want Skynet?
    16 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 1 1
    I want to highlight three points in the New York Times report this week about the travails of remote-control warfare. First, any time that you pressure people for results against potential victims fro...
  • The Piracies of John Fowke
    15 Dec 2021 • 10 min read
    There are few solid facts about John Fowke before 1627. We know he was born at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire some time around 1598 to William Fowkes and Alice Carr. We are sure that he was a merchant in...
  • Meet the Actual Spartans
    14 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy. Osprey Publishing, 2021. 615 pages. Above: the Chigi vase, which depicts Spartans that look very unlike our modern filmic ones. “One o...
  • Wireless and the Slow Death of Austria-Hungary
    13 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    Conrad’s staff tried to protect his image after the war, but contemporary historiography is highly critical of his priorities and decision-making Conrad von Hötzendorf was an objectively bad commander...
  • Brain Bucket: Shell Shock and Awe
    12 Dec 2021 • 11 min read
    During the formative weeks of trench warfare in 1914, military physicians saw their first cases of “shell shock,” a cluster of symptoms that include many signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chro...
  • Poliorcetic Photography: Bastion Atlanta
    09 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    One of my projects in the coming months is a broader assessment of the union artillery advantage in the American Civil War. Primary sources from the confederate side agree that in the battles of the w...
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