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Virginia Tech Publishing

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Journal of Veterans Studies

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Five historians—each an expert on a specific era and issue related to veterans—were asked to ponder the following questions: 1. What are the most important questions explored by historians in veterans studies? 2. What are the books that have been most useful to your particular area of interest in veterans studies? 3. How can the history of veterans help us understand larger cultural, social, and economic issues during the time periods in which the veterans you study lived? 4. What are the particular contributions that a historic sensibility can bring to the study of veterans of any war? 5. How is the study of “historical” veterans relevant to the experiences of veterans of modern wars and the civilians with whom they interact? 6. What topics in the history of American veterans still need to be explored? Their answers—lightly edited and in some cases shortened to avoid redundancy and maintain a semblance of symmetry—cover a wide range of issues.


Published version. Journal of Veterans Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1 (October 2021): 280-294. DOI. © 2021 Virginia Tech Publishing

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