My name is Ben Kerr, I am one of the senior scholars within the Academy of Historical Arts. As part of our commitment to historical education I am releasing many of my University essays, my undergraduate dissertation and my masters thesis. All work released scored 2.i or higher within the University of Glasgow History, Celtic Civilisation, Battlefield Archaeology or War Studies departments. The essay that is being released first in this series was written as part of my MLitt in War Studies course, and is a rather critical view of a pair of works which suggest that throughout history the Celtic peoples have passed down a particular style of warfare that resisted change from Roman times to the US Civil War. It would be helpful to read the two works against which the essay argues, although I strongly suggest you read my essay afterwards before taking on board and agreeing with the points of view within these two works:
Hill, J. M. (1986). Celtic Warfare 1595-1763. Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers Ltd
McWhiney, Grady. "Continuity in Celtic Warfare." Continuity 1981 (2): 1-18. Issn: 0277-1446
The reason for me releasing this essay first is that I have noticed on quite a few historical hobbyist boards, people are making arguments based on the celticity thesis, and I feel I should address the problems inherent within the notion. I hope you find the essay enjoyable and I would be interested in your feedback, although I wrote the essay over a year ago so I may be a bit rusty on its finer details. I promise my further works are much more positive in nature and hope that you will find this series interesting both with regards to history and also with regards to the study of man's most popular pursuit, warfare.
I would also like to thank Keith Farrell for typesetting this work on my behalf.
CLC Ben Kerr MA(Hons) Mlitt
Senior Scholar Academy of Historical Arts
KeithFarrell wrote:Hey all, I'm proud to present a new blog that is hosted, authored and maintained by the Academy of Historical Arts. We call it "Encased in Steel" and our purpose is to write interesting and thought provoking essays and articles about European history, sometimes concentrating on the martial aspects of our history, sometimes concentrating on general history, and sometimes concentrating on the traditional handcrafts from past centuries. Hopefully this blog will be of interest to members of the HEMA community, to members of the historical re-enactment community, to teachers and students, and to anyone with a passing interest in history.
We will be publishing a new article every Friday afternoon, and will hold to this weekly submission. Our contributors have built up a queue of articles ready for posting, so that we should be able to keep posting without dry spells. Our goal is to be one of the most interesting and most professional history and HEMA blogs currently active!
If you are intrigued, then come and pay us a visit:
We have this week's article written and posted, next week will be a review of the SWASH weekend.
Henri De Ceredigion wrote:Having just joined this forum I wasn't aware of your organisation, but I must say you have done Scotland proud. I don't think I'd be good at the more martial arts side of things but would like to know if you'd accept a fellow Celt (although highly unlikely to ever attend due to distance) who would be interested in learning about music (particularly that of the early to middle 17th century)
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