Faculty Publications

To view the History Department's faculty publications select from the list below:


  • Russia and Iran in the Great Game: Travelogues and Orientalism, Routledge, June 2007. Reprinted as a paperback in 2010.
  • Rusiia va iran dar basi-yr bozorg. Safarnamehha va shargh geraii. [Persian], translated by Dr. Elaheh Koolaee and Mohammad Kazem Shojaee, University of Tehran, 2009.
  • Russians in Iran:  Ideology and Domination, co-edited with Rudi Matthee, I.B. Tauris, forthcoming in 2016.


  • Russian Government vs. Russian Deserters in Iran in the 19th century:  Russian Orientalism at the State Level,” in Russians in Iran: Ideology and Domination, co-ed. with Rudi Matthee, I.B.Tauris, forthcoming in 2017
  • “Mazanderan in Russian Sources (19th and early 20th centuries),” Majmu’ye-i mogalaat-i nakhostin hamaayesh-i beynalmallali.  Tarikh-i mahalli-yi Mazanderan (Proceedings of the First International Conference on Local History of Mazanderan), edited by Ali Ramazani Pachi, Havzhin Publishers, 2015
  • “Persian Cossack Brigade (1879-1921),” The Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition, part 2016-4, Brill, 2016
  • “Discourse of Empathy:  Images from Central Asia in the Works of Nikolai Karazin (1842 – 1908),” Orientality:  Cultural Orientalism and Mentality, Milano: Silvana Editoriale S.p.A., 2015
  • “First Phase of Colonization:  Russian Villages in Iran in the Early 20th century,” with Morteza Nouraei, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies, vol. 46, no.3 (May 2013)
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue:  Power Interplay Between Iran and Russia from the Mid-Seventeenth to the Early Twenty-First Century, “Introduction,” with Maziar Behrooz, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies, vol. 46, no. 3 (May 2013)
  • “Zapiski russkikh puteshestvennikov ob Irane,”[Russian], Irano-Slavika, Moscow, 2010, no.1(21)
  • “Mohajerin-i rus wa eskan-i anha dar iran awayel-i qarn-i bist:  marhale-i digar az este’mar ,“ with Morteza Nouraei, [Persian] Journal of Historic Research, Faculty of Letters and Humanities, University of Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Year 45, New Sequential, no. 4, Winter 2010
  • “N. Karazin. Camp on Amu Daria,” translation from Russian, with Mark E. Woodcock, Metamorphosis, Spring 2010
  • "Singer of the Caucasus' Aliab'ev and the Beginning of Russian Orientalism in Music," in Muraqqa'e Sharqi:  Studies in Honor of Peter Chelkowski, Aiep, Repubblica S Marino, 2007
  • “Relationship between Iran and Russia,” Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater, University of Columbia, 2013
  • "Russians at the Court of Mahammad-Ali Shah," Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater, University of Columbia, 2010
  • “Russian Travelers to Iran in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries,” Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater, University of Columbia, 2005
  • “Russian Enterprises in Iran,” with Irina Pavlova, Encyclopadeia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater, University of Columbia, 2010
  • “Iran in World War I,” Encyclopedia of World War I:  A Political, Social, and Military History.  Santa Barbara:  ABC-CLIO, 2005
  • “Iran in World War II,” Encyclopedia of World War II:  A Political, Social, and Military History. Santa Barbara:  ABC-CLIO, 2004
  • “Travelogues of Berezin, a Nineteenth-Century Russian in Iran,” in Society and Culture in Qajar Iran: Studies in Honor of Hafez Farmayan, Mazda Publishers, 2002
  • “The Work of Sadiq Hedayat and Problems of His Artistic Method: 1903-51,”  [Russian], Bulletin of Moscow State University, sec. 13, Orientalism, vol. 2, 1991, pp. 11-20
  • Translation of Dari modern poems and prose into Russian in 79-89: Rasskazy, ocherki, stikhi (‘79-‘89: Short stories, essays, poems), Moscow: Sovetskii pisatel’, 1991. 

Work in progress:

  • Images of Russian Central Asia in the Works of Nikolai Karazin (1842-1908), Ambiguous Triumph under contract with Palgrave Macmillan 

Book Reviews:

  • Moritz Deutschmann, Iran and Russian Imperialism:  The ideal anarchists, 1800-1914 (London: Routledge, 2016), The Russian Review, forthcoming in July 2017
  • Evgeny Sergeev, The Great Game 1856-1907: Russo-British Relations in Central and East Asia (Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2013), The Journal of Military History.
  • John W. Parker, Persian Dream: Moscow and Tehran Since the Fall of the Shah (Potomac Books, 2008), Political Science Quarterly, Winter 2009-2010.
  • John Tchalenko, Images from the Endgame:  Persia through a Russian Lens 1901-1914 (Saqi, 2006), Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies, vol. 41, no. 4 (Sept 2008) 
  • Hooshang Talé with Farhad Talé, Iran in the Claws of the Bear: The Failed Soviet Landgrab of 1946 (iUniverse, 2007), The Journal of Military History, October 2007, Vol. 71, no. 4
  • Rudi Matthee, The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900 (Princeton University Press, 2005), Irannameh, 2005.
  • Laurence Kelly, Diplomacy and Murder in Tehran: Alexander Griboedov and the Imperial Mission to the Shah of Iran, (I. B. Tauris, 2002), Iranian Studies, Vol. 36, No. 3 (September 2003).


  • “Engineered Zuluness: Language, Education, and Ethnic Identity in South Africa, 1835-1990,” Journal of the Middle East and Africa (forthcoming)

  • “Struggles of Land, Language and Identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of the Hlubi,” Journal of the Middle East and Africa 9 (1) (Jul., 2018): 1-26.

  • “What’s in a Word: Historicizing the Word ‘Caffre’ in European Discourses about Southern Africa, 1500-1800,” Journal of Southern African Studies 44 (1) (2018): 59-75.

  • “The True Napoleon of the West: General Winfield Scott’s Mexico City Campaign and the Origins of the U.S. Army’s Combined-Arms Combat Division,” The Journal of Military History 76 (3) (July 2012): 649-671. Distinguished Writing Award, Army Historical Foundation (2012).

  • “On Heroes and Villains: The Times’ Reporting on the Cape Colony’s Frontier Wars, 1818-1853,” South African Military History Journal/Krygshistoriese Tydskrif 15 (6) (December 2012): 207-214.

  • “Treacherous Savages & Merciless Barbarians: Knowledge, Discourse, and Violence during the Cape Frontier Wars, 1834 -1853,” The Journal of Military History 74 (3) (July 2010): 709-735.

  • “The First Mississippi Volunteer Regiment in the Mexican War, 1846-1848,” The Journal of Mississippi History 69 (1) (June 2007): 63-78.


  • Co-editor with Susanna Elm, The Late (Wild) Augustine: Context and Consequences, Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag/Brill, forthcoming 2020.

Book Chapters

  • “Rewilding the Late Augustine in Fifth-Century Gaul: Gennadius of Marseilles’s De uiris illustribus,” in The Late (Wild) Augustine: Context and Consequences, edited by Susanna Elm and Christopher M. Blunda, Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag/Brill, forthcoming 2020.

Book Reviews

  • Review of The Myth of Pelagianism by Ali Bonner. Reading Religion. July 2020.
  • Review of Being Christian in Vandal Africa: The Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West by Robin Whelan. Reading Religion. January 2019.


  • The Brusilov Offensive, in Decisive Battles of the Twentieth-Century Series.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008.
  • Russia at War, 2 vols. Editor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014.
  • Personal Perspectives, World War I.  Editor.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2005.
  • Personal Perspectives, World War II.  Editor.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2005.


  • "The Eastern Front", 1914-1918 online.  International Encyclopedia of the First World War sponsored by the Free University of Berlin, the Bavarian State Library, and the German Research Fund, 2013.
  • "The Brusilov Offensive," Essays on World War I.  In the Center for Hungarian Studies and Publications Series, Eastern European Monographs. Edited by Peter Pastor and Graydon Tunstall.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. Pp. 89-110.


  • Review of Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956.  Mars & Clio, July 2014.
  • Review of Guenther Bischof, Fritz Plasser, and Barbara Stelzl-Marx, eds.  New Perspectives on Austrians and World War II.  Global War Studies (electronic journal), September 2012.
  • Review of David Fraser’s Daviborshch’s Cart:  Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials.  H-German electronic network, August 2012.
  • Review of Sean McMeekin’s The Russian Origins of the First World War.  Journal of Military History, April 2012.


  • "Kosciuszko at West Point", presented by invitation to the "Purest Son of Freedom" conference held at the Hungarian National Military Museum to commemorate the Kosciuszko Memorial Year, 27 September 2017
  • "Ethnic Minorities and the Russian War Effort, 1914-1917", presented by invitation to the Forschungskolloquium zu neuer europaische Geschichte at the Free University of Berlin, January 2015.
  • "Now *This* Is the War We All Wanted: Why the Eastern Front Matters", presented by invitation to the conference, A Struggle on Five “Fronts”: World War I in Embassies, on Land, at Sea, at Home, and within Coalitions, co-sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill, King’s College, London, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, 2014.
  • "Losing Isn't Everything: The Role of Russian Politics in the Russo-Japanese War", presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Washington, D.C., 2012.


  • Cultura militar española: modernistas, tradicionalistas y liberales. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2014.
  • Ed., Warfare in Europe, 1919-1938. (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2008).
  • Franco: Soldier, Commander, Dictator. Washington D.C.: Potomac, 2005.
  • Irrational Triumph: Cultural Despair, Military Nationalism, and the Ideological Origins of Franco’s Spain. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2002.
  • Co-ed., War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Conflict. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

Selected Book Chapters:

  • “Muslim Soldiers in a Spanish Crusade: Tomás García Figueras, Mulai Ahmed er Raisuni, and the Ideological Context of Spain’s Moroccan Soldiers”, in Eric Storm and Ali Al Tuma, eds., Colonial Soldiers in Europe, 1914-1945: “Aliens in Uniform” in Wartime Societies (Oxford: Routledge, 2016).
  • “Military Memories, History, and the Myth of Hispano-Arabic Identity in the Spanish Civil War,” in Aurora Morcillo, ed., Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War: Realms of Oblivion (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013).
  • "Rico Avello en Marruecos," in Juan Pan-Montojo, ed., El sueño republicano de Manuel Rico Avello (1886-1939). (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2011).
  • "The Practice and Politics of Spanish Counterinsurgency, 1895-1936," in Brian D. Bunk, Sasha D. Pack, and Carl-Gustaf Scott, eds., Nation and Conflict in Modern Spain: Essays in Honor of Stanley G. Payne (Madison: Parallel Press, 2008), pp. 137-150.
  • “Dangerous Neutrality: Spain, the Great War, and Modern Catalan Nationalism,” in Douglas Mackaman and Michael Mays, eds., World War I and the Cultures of Modernity (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000), pp. 117-124.

Selected Articles:

  • "Tyranny, Communism, and U.S. Policy in Equatorial Guinea, 1968-1979," Diplomatic History 43, n. 4 (Sept 2019), pp. 699-728.
  • “Recepción literaria y cultura bélica: la Generación del 98, Ricardo Burguete, y el nacionalismo militar en España,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Vol. LXXXIV, n. 7 (2007), pp. 871-888.
  • “The Peculiarities of ‘Spanish Morocco’: Imperial Ideology and Economic Development,” Mediterranean Historical Review 20, n. 1 (2005), pp. 80-101.
  • “Military Nationalism and the State: The Case of Fin-de-Siècle Spain,” Nations and Nationalism 6, n. 2 (April 2000), pp. 257-274.
  • “Moral Strength through Material Defeat? The Consequences of 1898 for Spanish Military Culture,” War & Society 17, n. 2 (Oct. 1999), pp. 25-39. 
  • “The Spanish-Moroccan Military Campaigns in the Context of European Colonial History,” RUHM, Vol. 8, Nº 16 (2019), pp. 17-40


  • Taking Off:  The Foundations of American Commercial Aviation, 1918-1938. College Station: Texas A&M University Press (forthcoming, spring 2019)

  • Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Military Science. Edited by G. Kurt Piehler and M. Houston Johnson V. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2013.


  • “The Air War: Germany and Italy.” In The Oxford Handbook on World War II, edited by G. Kurt Piehler. New York, NY: Oxford University Press (forthcoming, publication expected fall 2018).

  • "Laying Foundations: New Deal Public Works and Aviation Infrastructure." Journal of Policy History vol. 30, no. 4 (Fall 2018).

  • “‘A Honey of a Field:’ The Development of McGhee Tyson Airport, 1927-1937.” Journal Of East Tennessee History vol. 89, 2017.


  • Review of Beneficial Bombing: The Progressive Foundations of American Air Power, 1917-1945, by Mark Clodeflter. War In History Book Reviews 22/3, July 2015.

  • Review of The Next War in the Air: Britain’s Fears of the Bomber, 1908-1941, by Brett Holman. Journal of Military History, October 2014.

  • Review of Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy by Jenifer van Vleck. Journal of Military History, April 2014.


  • “When America Took to the Air.” With Good Reason with Sarah McConnell. National Public Radio, August 30, 2014.

  • “Northrop Grumman.” In the Encyclopedia of Military Science. Edited by G. Kurt Piehler and M. Houston Johnson V. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2013.

  • Co-author, “Physical Fitness.” In the Encyclopedia of Military Science. Edited by G. Kurt Piehler and M. Houston Johnson V. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2013.


  • The Road to Black Ned's Forge:  A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier.  Charlottesville:  University of Virginia Press, 2014.

Journal Articles:

  • McCleskey, Turk and James C. Squire. “Knowing When to Fold: Litigation on a Writ of Debt in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Virginia.” William and Mary Quarterly 76, no. 3 (2019): 509-544.
  • McCleskey, Turk and James C. Squire. “Court-yard Crowds in Colonial Virginia.” Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 49, no. 3 (2016): 92-100.
  • Sen, Tinni, Turk McCleskey, and Atin Basuchoudhary. "When Good Little Debts Went Bad: An Empirical Study of Small Claims Litigation on the Virginia Frontier, 1745-1755." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 46, no. 1 (Summer 2015): 60-89.
  • McCleskey, Turk and James C. Squire. "Random Selection of Petit Jurors on the Colonial Virginia Frontier, 1746-1755." Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 47, no. 3 (2014): 128-137.
  • McCleskey, Turk and James C. Squire, "Pennsylvania Credit in the Virginia Backcountry, 1746-1755." Pennsylvania History 81, no. 2 (2014):207-255.
  • "Quarterly Courts in Backcountry Counties of Colonial Virginia." Journal of Backcountry Studies 7, no. 2 (2012): 47-57. http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/jbc/article/view/570/330
  • "Rich Land, Poor Prospects: Real Estate and the Formation of a Social Elite in Augusta County, Virginia, 1738-1770." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 98, no. 3 (1990): 449-486.

Contributions to books:

  • “Shadow Land: Provisional Real Estate Claims and Anglo-American Settlement in Southwestern Virginia.” In The Southern Colonial Backcountry: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Frontier Communities, edited by David C. Crass et al., 56-68. Chattanooga: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1998.
  • “The Price of Conformity: Class, Ethnicity, and Local Authority on the Colonial Virginia Frontier.” In Diversity and Accommodation: Essays on the Cultural Composition of the Virginia Frontier, edited by Michael J. Puglisi, 213-226. Chattanooga: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1997.
  • "Archaeology and the New Frontier History." In The Archaeology of 18th-Century Virginia, edited by T. Reinhart & D.W. Sanford, 273-281. Richmond: Council of Virginia Archaeologists & Archaeological Society of Virginia, 1996.

Encyclopedia entries:

  • “Israel Christian.” In Dictionary of Virginia Biography, 2d ed. Richmond: Library of Virginia, 2005.
  • "Dunmore's War." In The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia, edited by Richard L. Blanco. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993.
  • "John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore." Ibid.

Non-juried essay (but still mighty entertaining):

  • "Relic of Two Revolutions."  Augusta Historical Bulletin 38 (2002):65-71.

Book reviews:

  • Review of Murder in the Shenandoah: Making Law Sovereign in Revolutionary Virginia, by Jessica K. Lowe. William and Mary Quarterly (July 2020): 503-507 
  • Review of An American Genocide:  The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, by Benjamin Madley.  Journal of Military History (Oct. 2017):  1164-1165.
  • Review of Jefferson's Freeholders and the Politics of Ownership in the Old Dominion, by Christopher Michael Curtis. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 121, no. 2 (2013): 180-182.
  • Review of American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People, by T. H. Breen. Journal of Southern History 78 (Feb. 2012): 151-152.
  • Review of Buying into the World of Goods: Early Consumers in Backcountry Virginia, by Ann Smart Martin. Journal of Social History 44 (Fall 2010): 285-288.
  • Review of World of Toil and Strife: Community Transformation in Backcountry South Carolina, 1750-1805, by Peter N. Moore. Journal of Southern History 74 (Aug. 2008): 717-718.
  • Review of The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley, by Warren R. Hofstra. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37 (Winter 2006): 466-468.
  • Review of Breaking the Backcountry: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754-1765, by Matthew C. Ward. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 112, no. 2 (2004): 188-190.
  • Review of From British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers, by Allan Kulikoff. Journal of Social History 37 (Winter 2003): 556-558.
  • Review of The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington's Times, by Charles Royster. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 109, no. 4 (2001): 420-421.
  • Review of Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered, by James Kirby Martin. Journal of Military History 63 (January 1999): 177-179.
  • Review of Border Life: Experience and Memory in the Revolutionary Ohio Valley, by Elizabeth A. Perkins. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 106, no. 4 (1998): 484-485.
  • Review of Undaunted Courage:  Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen E. Ambrose.  Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 105, no. 4 (1997): 475-476.
  • Review of Escape in America: The British Convention Prisoners, 1777-1783, by Richard Sampson. Journal of Military History (1996): 156-157.
  • Review of The Price of Nationhood: The American Revolution in Charles County, by Jean B. Lee. Journal of Military History (July 1995): 527-529.
  • Review of Palatines, Liberty, and Property: German Lutherans in Colonial British America, by A.G. Roeber. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 102, no. 4 (1994): 555-557.
  • Review of Appalachian Frontiers:  Settlement, Society, and Development in the Preindustrial Era, edited by Robert D. Mitchell, Journal of Economic History 52 (December 1992): 963-965.


  • Britain’s Economic Blockade of Germany, 1914-1919. London: Frank Cass, 2004.
  • Cruisers and Battle Cruisers: A History of their Impact. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004.
  • Destroyers. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004.
  • The Battle of Heligoland Bight. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, to be published in 2006.


  • "The Ulcer of the Mughal Empire:  The Mughal Maratha Wars 1680-1707." Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 31 (5), 2020, 988-1009 
  • “Clear Victories and Messy Conclusions: Reflections on the British Victory at Megiddo (1918) and its Consequences for the Post-War World.” Historian, Vol. 80 (3), Fall 2018, 497-508.
  • “The Naval War of World War One,” for 1914-1918online.com. Published in August 2014.
  • Five essays on topics in Indian History for the World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Worldatwar.abc-clio.com
  • “People Come First:  Admiral Harry Felt.”  Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, Diplomatic, and Naval Leadership.  Naval War College, 2010.
  • “International Law versus Military Expediency: Great Britain’s World War I Economic Blockade of Germany.” Appeared in Proceedings of the American Historical Association, 2004.

Book Reviews:

  • Book Review of Terrell Gottschall: By Order of the Kaiser: Otto von Diederichs and the Rise of the Imperial German Navy, 1865-1902. Appeared 2003 in Journal of Military History
  • Book Review of Martin Horn: Britain, France, and the Financing of the First World War. Appeared 2004 in Journal of Military History
  • Book Review of Kevin Stubbs: Race to the Front: The Material Foundations of Coalition Strategy in the Great War. Appeared 2004 in Journal of Military History


  • Yin, Qingfei and Kosal Path. “Remembering and Forgetting the Last War: Discursive Memory of the Sino-Vietnamese War in China and Vietnam.” TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia. Forthcoming 
  • “From a Line on Paper to a Line in Physical Reality: Joint State-Building at the Chinese-Vietnamese Border, 1954-1957.” Modern Asian Studies. Forthcoming, 2020.
  • “The Mountain is High, and the Emperor is Far Away: States and Smuggling Networks at the Sino-Vietnamese Border.” Asian Perspective 42:4 (2018), pp. 551-573.

Book Reviews:

  • Review of By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 by Michael Green. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 33:2 (2020), 296-298
  • Review of Contested Territory: Điện Biên Phủ and the Making of Northwest Vietnam by Christian C. Lentz. Journal of Military History 83:4 (October 2019), 1347-1348 
  • Review of Making Borders in Modern East Asia: The Tumen River Demarcation, 1881-1919 by Nianshen Song. China and Asia: A Journal in Historical Study, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019), pp. 130-131.
  • Review of The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947 by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan. H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews. April, 2019.