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History major Zachary Marotte has presented a paper at the Fourth Annual Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), sponsored by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) in October, 2013. Zach is a senior history major from Middlebury, Connecticut. His postgraduate plans are to pursue graduate study in Early Modern European history and to obtain employment in the State Department or Department of Defense. Zach’s paper was entitled “The struggle to break with the Ancients: The English Army’s gradual adoption of modern military theory, 1660-1728,” and he prepared it under the direction of Dr. Jamel Ostwald.
The abstract of the presented paper read: The return of Charles II to the English throne in 1660 ushered in a period of political and military isolation for England. For close to thirty years, the only option English officers had to gain experience in war was as individual swordsmen/mercenaries. In a vain but praiseworthy attempt to professionalize the English army, the experienced members of the English officer class wrote treatises that combined ancient and continental European military theories. In many of these early treatises, military professionals insisted that specific organizational, disciplinary, and tactical aspects of ancient warfare were still applicable to modern warfare. Not surprisingly, tactical and organizational innovation in the English army during the reign of Charles II and James II was virtually nonexistent or too slight to comment upon with any merit.
In November 1688, when the Dutch army of William of Orange invaded England to procure troops for his upcoming war with France, the largely unprepared English army disintegrated and the English officer class became absorbed into the Dutch military framework. Over time, as the English were exposed to modern continental European warfare, their models for military reform shifted from a hybrid of ancient and modern Swedish, French, German, and Dutch military drills and tactical theories to a more native focus on English tactical and disciplinary innovation. This was due in large part because the second half of the seventeenth century saw gunpowder weaponry phasing out the last vestiges of the Ancients (Pikes) circa 1706.
History major Christos Stravoravdis will represent ECSU in the COPLAC’s Digital Humanities “Century America” Project!
The ”Century America” Project is funded by the Teagle Foundation of New York and will focus on COPLAC member campuses founded before 1914, the year when World War I began in Europe. Using special collections and other library, campus and community resources, each student will research his/her college in the year 1914, its mission and its challenges, together with the life of the surrounding community just as Europe plunged into the Great War.
In addition to completing important guided research on their home institutions, student researchers will contribute to the building of the multi-campus digital “Century America” site. The participants will work in a digital medium, develop skills in the areas of digital presentation and collaborative research, and hone each of these important skills for professional success in the new century.
This multi-campus team of undergraduate researchers will work under the direction of seminar leaders Dr. Jeff McClurken, University of Mary Washington, and Dr. Ellen Pearson, UNC Asheville. They will be assisted by a small group of talented student “digital technology mentors” from the University of Mary Washington. The finished project will be presented at next summer’s COPLAC Annual Meeting, hosted by Fort Lewis College on 19-21 June 2014, and at the Annual Meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research, scheduled for late June 2014.
Department of History and Department of English University Hour presentation, October 2, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Johnson Room Library. Poetry of John Guzlowski.
Born in a refugee camp after World War II, John Guzlowski, a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, came with his family to the United States as a Displaced Person in 1951. His parents had been Polish slave laborers in Nazi Germany. Growing up in the immigrant and refugee neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, he met hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead comrades and women who had walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. His poetry, fiction, and essays try to remember them and their voices.
On October 9, 2013, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, one of the first students from Fisk University to participate in the Freedom Rides, will speak at the University Hour, co-sponsored by the Department of History. The event will take place at the Student Center Theater 3-4 p.m.
The History Club meets weekly at 5:30pm on Wednesday afternoons in the Student Center room 219. The club runs a popular Trivia Night each semester as well as regular trips and other activities. It has recently visited the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich and volunteered at the Windham Textile Museum. This semester the club is planning to visit the PEZ Museum in Orange and the Mark Twain House in Hartford. For any questions you can contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Roland Clark.
Alex Cross and Kira Holmes with Dr. Anna Kirchmann at the Windham Textile and History Museum in Willimantic. Alex and Kira presented their seminar research at a special event on Immigrants in Willimantic (March 2012).