The Friday Roundup is a weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society. This week’s documentary, Hollywood and the War Machine, takes an investigative look into the relationship between hollywood and war, particularly the promotion from the military to create mythical figures and glorified values traditionally found in the tales of war.
For one of the best Naval History resources online, you need to check out this site. It is supported by American, Bavarian, and British national archives to make a wide range of materials available. The site focuses on the late 19th century to today covering the Franco-Prussian naval war, the World Wars, Korea and the current missions against piracy. This site provides techinical information on ships and weapons, biographies, casualty lists, and break-downs of strategy and tactics. Definitely not a site to be missed if you’re research takes you in a more maritime direction.
Ottawa’s new CFL team could be named the Highlanders, a tribute to the Cameron Highlanders who traditionally were an Ottawa unit. Although the article does have a slight historical inaccuracy (we’ll give the news reporter a break), it does raise questions about war and memory within sport. Most junior hockey teams and other sport clubs sponser Remembrance Day sweaters while other clubs have also chosen names to reflect military themes. So will the Ottawa Highlanders be a fitting tribute to the memory of the famed unit?
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This article offers a unique modern insight into the Christian Crusades that took place hundreds of years ago and their relevance today. Thomas Madden debunks several misconceptions about the Crusades and provides a very concise and effective summary of 400 years of history. Definitely worth a read!