One of my articles which has been in press for some time finally appeared:
“War and Soldiers in the Achaemenid Empire: Some Historiographical and Methodological Considerations.” In Kai Ruffing, Kerstin Droß-Krüpe, Sebastian Fink, and Robert Rollinger (eds.), Societies at War: Proceedings of the 10th Symposium of the Melammu Project held in Kassel September 26-28 2016 and Proceedings of the 8th Symposium of the Melammu Project held in Kiel November 11-15 2014 (Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften: Vienna, 2020) pp. 495-515
It talks about how The Western Way of War and the radical wing of the Achaemenid History Workshops gave research into early Greek warfare and into the Achaemenid empire the peculiar shape they had in the 1990s and the 2000s. I argue that the ancient historians in the 1990s and 2000s who thought they were rejecting older research actually accepted that research’s narrow vision of what they ought to study and what types of sources counted. It has research history, a ‘snappier’ version of the argument in chapter 1 of my PHD thesis, and the obligatory W.S. Gilbert quote.
If you did not get a copy in your inbox and are interested in reading, please let me know and I can email you one.
Further Reading: Some Thoughts on John Lynn’s ‘Battle’