The College of Liberal Arts at Temple University

Beyond Combat: A Conference Honoring the Temple Tradition in Military History

Saturday, April 26, 2008


            Russell F. Weigley, late Distinguished University Professor of History, taught at Temple University from 1962 until his death in 2004.  During those years, he established himself as one of the world’s leading military historians.  Several of Weigley’s most important books – The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy (1973),   Eisenhower’s Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany 1944-1945 (1981), and The Age of Battles: The Quest for Decisive Warfare from Breitenfeld to Waterloo (1991) – became must reading for anyone seriously interested in the field and influenced many non-military historians.  In addition to winning many publication prizes, Weigley served as president of the American Military Institute (today the Society for Military History) and the Pennsylvania Historical Association.  Weigley also turned Temple University into a premier center for studying military history by turning out a long line of doctoral students who have shaped the field in both academe and the historical programs maintained by America’s armed forces. 

              Following Weigley’s death, two of his PhDs, Edward G. Longacre and Theodore J. Zeman, asked Weigley’s most accomplished students to contribute to an essay collection in honor of their departed mentor.  This volume was meant to memorialize Weigley’s intellectual legacy by showcasing the new paths in military history that his students continue to blaze.  Longacre and Zeman succeeded in putting together a festschrift titled Beyond Combat: Essays in Honor of Russell F. Weigley, which was published in late 2007 by the American Philosophical Society.  As an additional tribute to Weigley, Longacre and Zeman are donating the royalties earned by this book to the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University (CENFAD), which Weigley co-founded in the 1990s.

              To celebrate the publication of the Weigley festschrift and signify a continuing commitment to military history, the Department of History at Temple University is joining CENFAD in sponsoring  “Beyond Combat:  A Conference Honoring the Temple Tradition in Military History.”  This special, one-day event will feature papers delivered by four contributors to the Weigley festschrift, plus a round-table discussion on the current state and future direction of military history as an academic discipline.  Copies of Beyond Combat: Essays in Honor of Russell F. Weigley will be available at the conference for sale and signing by the editors and attending contributors.  This conference is being co-sponsored by the Society for Military History, American Philosophical Society, Roxanne and John R. Satterfield, and the Boeing Company.

              “Beyond Combat:  A Conference Honoring the Temple Tradition in Military History” will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008, in the Russell F. Weigley Seminar Room on the 9th Floor of Gladelter Hall, which is located on Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The conference will begin with opening remarks from Dr. William Hitchcock, CENFAD’s acting director, at 9:30 A.M., and it will conclude with the aforementioned book signing from 4:30 to 5:30 P.M.

              Admission to the conference is free and open to the public.  Anyone wishing to reserve a ticket to a free box lunch should RSVP by e-mailing Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, a professor of history at Temple University and the conference coordinator, at  The number of tickets is limited and they will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.


 Dr. Russell F. Weigley



“Beyond Combat: 

A Conference Honoring the Temple Tradition in Military History”

Saturday, April 26, 2008

9:30-9:45 A.M.  

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. William Hitchcock, Acting Director, Center of the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University

Drs. Edward G. Longacre and Theodore J. Zeman, Co-Editors, Beyond Combat.

9:45-10:45 A.M.

First Session

Dr. J. Britt McCarley, Chief Historian, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

“’The Great Question of the Campaign Was One of Supplies’:  A Reinterpretation of Sherman's Generalship During the 1864 March to Atlanta in Light of the Logistic Strategy ”

10:45-11:00 A.M.    Break

11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. 

Second Session

Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, Research Professor, National Security Affairs, Strategic Studies Institute, U. S. Army War College

“Leadership Prerequisites:  Colonel Conrad C. Babcock and Command Development during the First World War”

12:00-1:00 P.M.  Lunch
1:00-2:00 P.M.

Third Session

Dr. Christopher DeRosa, Assistant Professor, Monmouth University 

“The Battle for Uniform Votes:  The Politics of Soldier Voting in the Elections of 1944”

2:00-2:20 P.M.   Break
2:20-3:20 P.M.

Fourth Session

Dr. Peter S. Kindsvatter, Command Historian at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools, Aberdeen Proving Ground

“’Operation Roll-up’: The U. S. Army’s Rebuild Program during the Korean War”

3:20-3:30 P.M. Break
3:30-4:30 P.M. 

Round Table Discussion

Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin (Moderator) with Dr. J. Britt McCarley, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, Dr. Christopher DeRosa, Dr. Peter S. Kindsvatter, Dr. Edward G. Longacre, and Dr. Theodore J. Zeman

4:30-5:30 P.M. Book Signing