HPU Hosts World-Renowned Military Scholars for Annual Rothenberg Seminar


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Dr. Jean-David Avenel, Dean of Faculty at the University of Paris – XII, delivers his lecture to the conference.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 30, 2013 – High Point University recently hosted history professors from around the world as part of annual Gunther E. Rothenberg Seminar in Military History.

“The Rothenberg seminar is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet internationally renowned scholars, and engage with them in historical discourse,” says Dr. Frederick Schneid, professor and chair of the Department of History at HPU. “Indeed, the seminar is well attended by members of the community and a significant number of guests from neighboring institutions.

The event, named for Gunther E. Rothenberg – a world-renowned military historian who authored scores of books and articles on a wide-range of military history, is a tribute to Rothenberg’s scholarship and dedication to the field of military history. The HPU Department of History sponsors the annual seminar, which offers a different theme each year and features a host of leading scholars who present their most recent research and latest interpretations.

The theme for this year’s event, “Strategic Cultures,” featured presentations from Dr. Wayne Lee, professor of history at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dr. Jean-David Avenel, Dean of Faculty at the University of Paris-XII; Dr. Robert Citino, professor of history at the U.S. Army War College; and Colonel Antonio Zarcone, Ph.D., Chief of the Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore dell’Esercito.

Topics discussed during the seminar included: “Conquest and Consolidation in the British Empire: Bridling the Wilderness, 1590-1763”; “The French Second Empire and the Americas 1851-1870”; “Prussian Strategy in the 1806 Campaign: Culture or Choice?”; and “Italian Strategy in the Interwar Years 1920-1939.”

Each lecture was followed by an open question-and-answer session, where students and community members were able to engage in discussion with visiting professors.

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