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Citadel News Service
12 Jun 2017

Citadel professor curates new perspectives on Revolutionary War

As seen in Moultrie News by Jake Lucas, June 8, 2017

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Award-winning author and Citadel history professor David Preston, Ph.D., recently released his latest work, “Theaters of the American Revolution,” a collaborative collection of essays written by a team of distinguished historians of the Revolutionary War.According to Preston, The Citadel played a vital role in how the book came to be published. The college brought on Professor James Kirby Martin for the spring 2016 semester as the General Mark Clark Distinguished Visiting Chair of History. Within the academic community, Martin is widely considered one of the greatest living historians of the American Revolution, having authored classic works such as “A Respectable Army” and “Benedict Arnold: Revolutionary Hero.”

During Martin’s residence, he and Preston began discussing the need for a new approach to the military history of the Revolutionary War — one that examines the dynamics of the regional theaters of the conflict, rather than focusing on specific battles. The catalyst for this new approach was The Citadel’s Revolutionary War Symposium, held last spring, which brought together historians who explored the regional theaters of the American Revolution.

It was during the event that Martin and Preston agreed to co-edit a volume of essays written by symposium panelists. Book contributors include Edward Lengel, chief historian of the White House Historical Association; Charles Neimeyer, Ph.D., director and chief of Marine Corps history at Marine Corps University; Emeritus Professor Mark Edward Lender of Kean University; and Jim Piecuch, Ph.D., history professor at Kennesaw State University.

Preston is currently the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at The Citadel. His previous works include “The Texture of Contact” and “Braddock’s Defeat.” Among the awards he has received for his work are the Gilder-Lehrman Prize in Military History, the George Washington Book Prize, and the PROSE Award in U.S. History.

“Theaters of the American Revolution” is now available.


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