Books, Articles, Courses

Here’s a list of books I’ve written, courses I’ve taught, and articles of mine in print.  For links to my on-line articles, check the “Author Info” page. Thanks.


Soldiers’ Lives through History: The Early Modern World (Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 2007). Co-written with Dennis E. Showalter.

Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism (Dulles, Va.: Potomac Books, 2005).  Co-written with Dennis E. Showalter.

Observing God: Thomas Dick, Evangelicalism, and Popular Science in Victorian Britain and America (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001).

A photo of me teaching.  Beginning of class, since the whiteboard is still white.

Courses Taught

World History (H101)

World Civilization I/II (HIS115/125)

U.S. History after the Civil War (HIS145)

Military History (H202)

Technology and Society (HIS262)

Technology and Warfare (H320)

Historical Methods (H330)

The Holocaust (Humanities 430)

The Second World War (HIS299)

The Origins, Making and Use of the Atomic Bomb (Chemistry 495)

War in the Modern World (Graduate Seminar)

The Human Dimensions of War (HUM299)

Wars in American History (HIS299)

Military Thought (H457)

History of Science and Engineering (H482)

Print Articles

“Militarism in the United States,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 33, #1, January-March 2021, 124-30.

“The US Air Force’s Strange Love for the New B-21 Bomber.”  Third World Resurgence, No.329/330, Jan/Feb 18, 45-47.  Also at

“The Pentagon President: Why the National Security State Will Be the Big Winner this November.” Utne Reader, Sept/Oct 2012, 173: 32-33.

W.J. Astore, “Science and Technology in War.”  In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Military History.  New York: Oxford University Press, February 2012.  At

“1936: Bandon on Fire.” Oregon Coast, 30 (September/October 2011), 38-41.

“The Harm in Hero Worship.” Los Angeles Times, Thursday, July 22, 2010, p. A23 (Op-ed).  On-line version available at,0,2062728.story?track=rss.  Selected by The Week magazine (August 6, 2010) as one of the best columns (news) in the U.S (  Published in an abbreviated version under the title “Is Hero Worship Overdone?” in VFW Magazine, October 2010, page 8.

Astore, William J. “How It Can Happen Here.” Counterpoise 14.1/2 (2010): 31.

“The Wider Dimensions of Academic Integrity,” International Journal for Educational Integrity, Vol. 5, No. 2, (December 2009), 4-9.  Available at

“Teaching Technology and Society: Understanding a Complex Dynamic.”  One College Avenue, 19:1 (Winter 2009-10),  12-13.

“Obama’s Afghanistan?”  Le Monde Diplomatique (English edition), May 2009, p. 16.

“Aboard the USS Ameriprise,” The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, April 12, 2009, p. 6P.

“Leaving Cheyenne Mountain: Or, How I Learned to Start Worrying and Loathe the Bomb,” The Nation, 286: 17 (May 5, 2008), 22-24.

“Fewer Medals Faster,” Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), 134: 1 (January 2008), 12.

“Saving the Military from Itself: Medals, Metrics Mislead Everyone: ‘Symptomatic of a State of Ongoing Self-Delusion.’”  Kennebec [Maine] Journal and Morning Sentinel, Sunday, October 28, 2007, page A9.

“Debating the B-2,”  Letter to the Editor, The Atlantic, December 2007, 14-18. (In response to Robert D. Kaplan, “The Plane that Would Bomb Iran,” Sept. 2007 in The Atlantic.)

“The Tragic Pursuit of Total Victory,” MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, 20: 1 (2007), 64-73.

“Smart Warriors: A Rationale for Educating Air Force Academy Cadets in the History of Science, Technology, and Warfare,” Science and Education, 12: 2 (2003), 185-196.

“Gentle Skeptics?  American Catholic Encounters with Polygenism, Geology, and Evolutionary Theories from 1845 to 1875,” The Catholic Historical Review, 82 (January 1996), 40-76.

“The Origins, Production, and Use of the Atomic Bomb: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Seminar,” Journal of Chemical Education, 70 (May 1993), 360-363 (with Frank A. Settle Jr., Donald Erbschloe, and Donald Thomas).

Contributions to Books and Encyclopedias

“Disaster Capitalism on the Battlefield.”  In The War and Environment Reader, ed. Gar Smith (Charlottesville, Virginia: Just World Books, 2017), 75-78.

Why Rebels Triumph: How “Insignificant” Rebellions Can Change History.  Chapter 1 in Star War and History, eds. Nancy Reagin and Janice Liedl (Wiley, 2012), 9-40.,descCd-tableOfContents.html.

“Seven Reasons Why We Can’t Stop Making War.”  In Social Issues in Literature: War in Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, edited by Noah Berlatsky, Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013, 105-110.

“Loving the German War Machine: America’s Infatuation with Blitzkrieg, Warfighters, and Militarism,”  in Arms and the Man: Military History Essays in Honor of Dennis Showalter, edited by Michael S. Neiberg (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 5-30.

“Geeks and Hackers, Uncle Sam’s Cyber Force Wants You!” (Article 28), in Annual Editions: Computers in Society 10/11, edited by Paul De Palma (New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2011), 126-27.

“Thomas Dick,” Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, eds. Laurel Blake and Marysa Demoor (Ghent: Academia Press, 2008).

James C. Bradford, ed.  International Encyclopedia of Military History (New York: Routledge, 2006).  Nine entries, including a 5000-word essay on World War II.

Spencer C. Tucker, ed.  The Encyclopedia of World War I (Santa Barbara, Ca.: ABC-CLIO, 2005).  Twelve entries.

Kenneth W. Estes and Daniel Kowalsky, eds.  History in Dispute: The Spanish Civil War (Detroit: St. James Press, 2004).  Three articles.

Spencer C. Tucker, ed.  The Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social, and Military History (Santa Barbara, Ca.: ABC-CLIO, 2004).  Nine entries.

“Thomas Dick,” New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

“Thomas Dick,” Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists, ed. Bernard V. Lightman (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2004), Vol. 2, pp. 585-89.

Dennis E. Showalter, ed.  History in Dispute: World War I (Detroit: St. James Press, 2002).  Eleven articles.

“Prologue” to Future War: Coalition Operations in Global Strategy, ed. Dennis E. Showalter (Chicago: Imprint Publications, 2002).

“Exploring Space,” Chapter 2 in Jerry J. Sellers, Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994, 27-55; Second Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000, 28-69; Third Edition, 2005, 28-69).

Dennis E. Showalter, ed.  History in Dispute: World War II (Detroit: St. James Press, 2000).  Six articles.