Gene Luen Yang, Boxers and Saints, is a perfect read for any age, due to the amazing illustrations and dialogue of this graphic novel it makes it a great book for young and adult readers. The text itself does a great job at explaining the events leading up to the Boxer Rebellion. The author does this by showing two different standpoints which are, the Boxers perspective and the Christians. The approach itself provides the reader with a general overview, and while Yang tries to show both sides of the conflict, he tends to lean more towards the Christian view, due to the authors focus of violence by these Boxers. Yang also, covers the Boxer mythology with as much clarity as he can knowing that his audience level is most likely casual readers. In addition, Yangs use of images and modern text provides readers with a deep understanding of the violence in these events. Overall, Boxers and Saints is impacting at conveying the events surrounding the Boxer Rebellion in an understandable way that keeps a fun style. With Yangs stunning images and dialogue this makes it a book perfect for any reader. Readers will also, be able to understand the Boxers as mythical figures and be able to view the violence and racism in Chinese history.
Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers. New York: Roaring Book Press, 2013.
My category is World War II, Specifically the Northern African frontier. My main focus will be on the allied operation called Operation Torch, which was a successful operation where allied forces successfully defeated the Axis powers (specifically Germany and Italy) in the Tunisia campaign. I am personally interested in this subject because of my future research in grad school will be on a WWII journal, who is a Canadian soldier fighting in the Tunisia Campaign. One key peer reviewed book I’m looking at is Operation Torch The American Amphibious Assault on French Morocco, which is a Federal published book from the Naval History and Heritage Command department in The United States Navy. This book is published in 2018, by Alexandra Lohse and Jon Middaugh.
The key categories that Citino draws in his review of military history through the decades are categorized into three major groups which are, “war and society’ ( scholars, still often referred to as the “new military history.” (Citino p.1070) culture is the next one and traditional historians is the last group. The authors objective is to reshape how we look at old traditional military history, by observing more gender, class, race, culture and social history. Citino gives a first example of this by using an article from 1997 titled”The Embattled Future of Academic Military History.” (Citino p.1087) which argued that, “military history was in crisis within the academy, that trends in historical scholarship (interest in race, class, gender, and the new cultural history) were moving away from research into war, and that ‘the flow of historical fashion is very much against us and promises to remain so for the foreseeable future.” (Citino p.1087) The article then proceeds to conclude with a solution that if military historians grasped the ideas that both “gender studies (particularly ‘comparative masculinities’) and the new cultural history.” (Citino p.1087) military history could then begin to correct itself. The author then proceeds to break down examples from other authors work on military historiography. Such as, The Roman republic, Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Citino then concludes with a final advice to future/current military historians stating, “try something genuinely daring, even countercultural, in terms of today’s academy. Read some military history” (Citino p.1090) My personal thoughts on this author are somewhat agreeable to me. I personally just believe sometimes war is an act on politics and the ones carrying out the order are not always at fault, rather the one giving the command is. This is greatly covered in many war novels describing how much men hate war and that comparing masculinity is not always the case. Especially, looking into future draft services that would be applied to men in the Vietnam War, where men did not want to serve but were forced to by the given action of congress. In the end it was the one in charge who saw an advantage of resources or power not gender. Other than that, I agree that we should reshape our views on cultures and other new interpretations.
The standard quality of information retrieved between an academia source is crucially different from a professional historian. “How so?” you might ask, well to break it down by comparing, popular history is not peer-reviewed as for academia it is peer-reviewed by other authors. Thus, making it a more reliable and credible source in research or section of history. In addition, popular history can also be an appeal to businesses in making books, as academia revolves around in focused research from current or past topics. It’s not to say that professional history is irrelevant or one is better than the other. Academia is applied towards popular history or new discoveries constantly, so that it helps other authors in their research. Think of Academia as the “icing on the cupcake.” as Popular history is the base baked good providing the story line while academia provides further logic and “sweet” facts.
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