Knights on Wheels: Chivalry and Horsepower in the American Ambulance Corps, by Daniel J Bowman

Knights on Wheels: Chivalry and Horsepower in the American Ambulance Corps, by Daniel J Bowman

The significance of the First World War in the United States’ transition from horse power to horsepower can hardly be overstated.  This had less to do with the incorporation of automobiles into the Army itself than the practical shortage of horses back home, combined with the devastating impact of modern warfare on the enduring image of the horse in the human psyche.  The heroic symbolism of the equine body in warfare found no reflection in the material reality of the horse on the modern, mechanised battlefield.  It is possible to witness the legacy…continue reading →

ShARC Reading Group: mid-year summary, by Charlotte O’Neill

As the current organiser of ShARC’s reading groups, I wanted to provide a summary of our activities so far this year, what we’ve been reading and what we’ve discussed. If you would like to receive regular updates and invites to our reading group, please email me at coneill2@sheffield.ac.uk to be added to our mailing list. If this post sparks your interest in hosting a future reading group, please also feel free to get in touch about doing so, it’s great fun! We kicked things off in November with a special session on What…continue reading →