Modern warfare to get spotlight at MSU history conference

Contact: Sammy McDavid

Citino, left, and Showalter
Citino, left, and Showalter

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A regional professional gathering April 1 and 2 at Mississippi State will include public presentations by two leading American military historians.

Robert M. Citino and Dennis Showalter are among some two dozen scholars scheduled to take part in the fifth International Security/Internal Safety Conference.

The university's history department and the Society for Military History, an international organization, are co-sponsoring a gathering that has rotated over the years between Mississippi and Louisiana. The first regional conference took place at MSU in 2007.

Citino, an associate professor at the University of North Texas, speaks at 3:45 p.m. on the 1st in 225 McCool Hall. "Micro-histories: Moments of Crisis in the European Theater of Operations, 1943" will be his topic.

Showalter, a Colorado College professor and former SMH president, will deliver remarks titled "The Third Age of War: Faces of Battle from 1945 to the Present." His program begins at

4 p.m. on the 2nd in 111 McCool.

Between the free public sessions, participants from as far away as the Philippines and United Kingdom will present papers on a range of academic topics related to diplomatic and military history, as well as internal security and international affairs.

Citino is the author of a number of books on German military history and the concept of mobile warfare. For additional biographical information, visit

Showalter, also joint editor of the journal War in History, is a specialist in comparative military history and the military history of modern Germany. For more, visit

NEWS EDITORS/DIRECTORS: For more conference information, contact associate professor Richard Damms at 662-325-3604 or

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 05:00