David Silbey

Adj. Associate Professor and Associate Director Cornell in Washington


I specialize in the industrialized total wars of the 20th century and the asymmetric responses (guerrilla warfare, insurgency, and terrorism) to those wars that evolved after 1945. I have written books on the British Army in World War I, the Philippine-American War, and the Boxer Rebellion in China.

I'm the series editor for Cornell University Press' Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History

Research Focus

Military History


Forthcoming this year is The Other Face of Battle: America's Forgotten Wars and the Experience of Combat (Oxford University Press) and possibly Wars Civil and Great:  The Civil War and the Great War in Conversation (University of Kansas Press), depending on how edits go.



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