History Dept Alumnus to Speak at Ball State

Dr. David J. Ulbrich is an alumnus of Ball State University who earned an M.A. in history in 1996. He will be having a special meeting for History Majors, Monday, Sept 14th at 1:00 pm in BB 100.

He taught at BSU from 2004 and 2008.  During these years, Ulbrich received the “Outstanding Educator” from the Correctional Education Program, served a consultant on the WIPB-TV production of “Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One,” and co-directed the Cantigny First Division Oral History Project with Dr. Michael Doyle.  Ulbrich has since received his Ph.D. in history at Temple University.  He is currently assistant professor of history at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, and senior instructor in the online M.A. in military history program at Norwich University.  He is author of the award-winning Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943 (Naval Institute Press, 2011), which was an outgrowth of Ulbrich‘s thesis under Dr. Phyllis Zimmerman’s direction. Ulbrich is also co-author of Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the 21st Century (Routledge 2014).

He will also be giving the following lecture to all Ball State students, faculty, and staff.

“American Ways of War in the 20th and 21st Centuries?”
Dr. David Ulbrich
Monday, Sept 14th, 3:30pm, AJ 175

Following the attack on 9/11, the U.S. military embarked on two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Both quickly devolved into counterinsurgency fights.  Although the U.S. military was ill-prepared to fight these conflicts and the long-term outcomes are not determined, this type of warfare is not new in American history.  The conflicts in the Philippines and Vietnam were similar, however lessons from these conflicts were forgotten.  Instead, the U.S. military has long favored big, conventional conflicts like the Second World War or the Korean War over counterinsurgencies.   Can this preference be traced to uniquely American traits and factors that constitute “Ways of War”?  Or maybe there are no such patterns.  Beginning with a overview of historical literature, this lecture will trace the evolution of uniquely American ways of war from 1898 to the present.

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