Professor giving a lecture to students in old main

Military history expert, national columnist to speak

April 7, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will host Dr. Victor Hanson, a foremost military history expert and nationally syndicated columnist, for a lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, in the Olin Teaching Theater. The program is free and open to the public.

The topic of Hanson’s talk will be “War: Ancient and Modern.”

Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University ; a professor emeritus at California University, Fresno; and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. His column has appeared in newspapers nationwide since 2004, and since 2001, he has written a weekly column for National Review Online.

Hanson also has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, the New York Post, the Claremont Review of Books, The New Republic, National Review, American Heritage, Policy Review, Commentary, Wilson Quarterly, Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and Washington Times and has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and C-Span's BookTV. He serves on the editorial board of Arion, the Military History Quarterly, and City Journal.

He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Alexander Onassis Fellow (2001). He was named alumnus of the year of the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2002, and he was the visiting Shifrin Chair of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. in 2002-03.

His newest book, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War (Random House), was published in October 2005.

He is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited 16 books, including Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983; paperback ed. University of California Press, 1998); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2d paperback ed. University of California Press, 2000); Hoplites: The Ancient Greek Battle Experience (Routledge, 1991; paperback ed. 1992); The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization (Free Press, 1995; 2d paperback ed. University of California Press, 2000); Fields without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (Free Press, 1996; paperback ed. Touchstone, 1997); The Land Was Everything: Letters from an American Farmer (Free Press, 2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback ed., 2001); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999, paperback ed. Anchor/ Vintage, 2000); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001; Anchor/Vintage, 2002); An Autumn of War (Anchor/Vintage, 2002); Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003), Ripples of Battle (Doubleday 2003), and Between War and Peace (Random House 2004).