David Silbey to speak on "Race War! Race and War, Culture and War"


Dr. David Silbey will speak on "Race War! Race and War, Culture and War: America Fights in China, the Philippines and Iraq" on Monday, November 9th at 7:00 pm in Blount Auditorium. The United States of America brings to its foreign wars all the cultural beliefs, ideas and baggage that shape our lives at home. Those beliefs, racial, social, and cultural, have both helped and hindered American efforts in the Philippines, China and (more recently) Afghanistan and Iraq.

David J. Silbey holds a B.A. in History from Cornell University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in military history from Duke University. His works include The British Working Class and Enthusiasm for Warfare, 1914-1916 (New York, Taylor & Francis, 2005), A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 (New York: Hill & Wang, 2007), and The Third China War: America, Britain, and the Boxers, 1900 (New York: Hill & Wang, forthcoming 2011). He specializes in the interactions between culture and warfare, the evolution of mass industrial war in the late 19th and early 20th century, and the role of popular will in conventional and unconventional wars.