War, Memory, and Culture Book Series

Soldier at St. Nazaire from Library of Congress archives
War, Memory, and Culture is a book series published by the University of Alabama Press since 2016. Devoted to scholarship that examines the construction of war in collective or cultural memory, the series is international in scope and not limited to any particular conflict. Steven Trout serves as the series editor.

 

Le May book

Triumph of the Dead: American World War II Cemeteries, Monuments, and Diplomacy in France is an examination of the relationship between art, architecture, war memory, and Franco-American relations. Kate Clarke Lemay is a historian at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. 

“Triumph of the Dead provides much needed information on post–WWII American military cemeteries in Europe, as well as the US agenda in postwar Europe in general.”
—Erika Doss, author of Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America


 


Points of Honor 
Points of Honor: Short Stories of the Great War by a US Combat Marine is based on author Thomas Alexander Boyd’s personal experiences as an enlisted Marine. First published in 1925 and long out of print, this edition rescues from obscurity a vivid, kaleidoscopic vision of American soldiers, US Marines mostly, serving in a global conflict a century ago. It is a true forgotten masterpiece of World War I literature. Reissued in the series in a new edition with notes and introduction by Steven Trout, this work can now reach a new audience.

“Thomas Boyd is famous for the novel Through the Wheat, now enshrined as a World War I classic. In Points of Honor, through a set of interlocking narratives, he pulls off something of a short story version of William March’s Company K. A clear and interesting introduction by Steven Trout, pegged for the literate general reader, makes a strong case for the stories as something of an advance over Through the Wheat. Here the characters and situations are diverse, and the modes of narration and development are strikingly varied.”
—Philip D. Beidler, author of Beautiful War: Studies in a Dreadful Fascination and The Victory Album: Reflections on the Good Life after the Good War

 


Murray book
Stephen C. Murray's 2016 The Battle over Peleliu: Islander, Japanese, and American Memories of the War was the first book in the series. It is a study of public memory, and the ways three peoples swept up in conflict struggle to create a common understanding of the tragedy they share. Listen to Stephen C. Murray talk about the book on the War and Memory Podcast
 
"Stephen Murray has written a remarkably sensitive, insightful, and compassionate book about a war that continues. While Japanese forces surrendered the island of Peleliu in what is now the Republic of Palau to American invaders on 24 November 1944, the battle goes on around issues of memory, commemoration, and the meaning of history. To his great credit, Stephen Murray has done much to redress the imbalance and injustice."
—The Contemporary Pacific