FLORENCE - US veteran and writer, Matt Osborne, will present a series of lectures on military history at Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. These lectures will be on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm beginning September 3 and concluding December 3.
Osborne will speak on the following topics:
Tuesday, September 3 at 5:30pm – Warrior on Ice
War has a history and a prehistory. To resolve centuries of controversy over the origins of organized violence, this lecture will examine the evidence around the famous ice man, a 5,300 year-old mummy discovered in the Alps. Was it more peaceful than ours or has all our civilization made us more civil?
Recommended reading for this lecture is War Before Civilization by Lawrence Keeley.
Tuesday, October 1, 5:30pm – A Brief History of Radio Waves at War
Radio is the defining technology of modern military history, allowing near-instant command of faraway forces for the first time in human history. This lecture traces the arrival of radio signal and electronic warfare from before the First World War, to the many uses of radar in the Second World War, through Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and into our 21st Century conflicts.
Recommended reading for this lecture is Intelligence in War by John Keegan.
Tuesday, November 5, 5:30pm – What Really Sunk Your Battleship.
Battleships are the iconic naval warfare platform of the 20th Century. How effective were these monster machines in the role for which they were built? This lecture will trace the disastrous history of battleships. It will focus on their dubious safety record and surprising lack of accomplishments to uncover whether the pride of the fleet was a dangerous money-pit.
Recommended reading for this lecture is The Battleship Book by Robert M. Farley.
Tuesday, December 3, 5:30pm – False Light: December of the Damned
The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 is among the most enduring myths of the last century.
This lecture will uncover the real story: a series of local truces took place throughout December at the direction of commanders, serving their purposes, and carefully stage-managed at every point. These events have been misinterpreted and misconstrued ever since.
Recommended reading for this lecture is The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War by Terri Blom Crocker.
Matt Osborne is a US Army signals intelligence veteran and website news beat editor turned social media consultant. He is working on a book of essays about war and conflict, including Brain Bucket: A Social History of War, Football, Helmets, and Head Injury which is apublished at Medium.com.