War and Society (1982-1984)

The Apotheosis of War by Vasily Vereshchagin, 1871

During the academic years 1982/83 and 1983/84, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the problem of war and society, primarily in the Western world.

Topics Included:

  • Conquest and assimilation
  • Heroic leadership
  • Civil war and revolution
  • Conscription
  • State power
  • Financial and economic (after)effects of war
  • Prosperity and defense
  • Civil war and fratricide
  • War and industrialization
  • Diplomacy

Davis Center Fellows


  • Daniel A. Baugh, Cornell University
  • William Pencak, The Penn State University
  • Michael D. Fellman, Simon Fraser University
  • Patrick Karl O'Brien, St. Anthony's College, Oxford


  • Jean-Paul Bertaud, Universite de Paris I
  • Robert J. Bartlett, University of Chicago
  • Omer Bartov, Tel Aviv University
  • Inga Clendinnen, La Trobe University
  • John Keegan, Military Correspondent, London Daily Telegraph