posted by Chris Bray @ 1:08 PM
On a more general tack, how do you think your war service has affected you as a historian? One remembers Gibbon saying that the Hampshire militia was a key ingredient of understanding the Roman legions; any Iraq equivalents?
Funny you mention it: After a year and a half spent watching government contractors in Mississippi and Kuwait, I came home and started looking at the economic activity of the early American armies -- and quickly discovered both 1) conflict between the nascent American military and its own contractors, and 2) military officers with their hands deep in the cookie jar. Josiah Harmar, Arthur St. Clair, Jacob Jennings Brown: land speculators who fought to chase Indians off the land they were trying to grab. Not that I'm cynical.
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