Written by Sarah Swann
Willimantic, CT - Jamel Ostwald, assistant professor of history, will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University at 3 p.m. on April 28 in Room 110 of Webb Hall. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Ostwald will discuss the 17th and 18th century debate over the proper way to wage war. A western belief is that battles win wars. This belief, says Ostwald, "is displayed in the downfall of Baghdad in 2003, when President George W. Bush subsequently declared 'Mission Accomplished.'" The dominance of this approach to waging Western war has shaped the mindset of Western militaries and has had an enduring appeal in modern Western military culture.
Ostwald received his doctorate in history from Ohio State University. His book, "Vauban Under Seige: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession," received the 2009 Society for Military History's Distinguished Book for Non-American History.