World War II

From the Vault: Frank E. Robbins and Illuminating What Was to Come

by Mikala Carpenter August 12, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. From 1858 to 1930, the […]

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World War II Author and Nurse Passes Away

by Phillip Witteveen February 26, 2013

Mildred A. MacGregor, former military nurse and author of  World War II Front Line Nurse, passed away at the age of 100 on Wednesday, February 13th.  From late 1942 to the end of the war, MacGregor served with the 298th General Hospital, which was comprised of medical professionals from the University of Michigan Hospital. Stationed in England, North Africa, France, and Germany,  she  wrote about her experiences treating soldiers on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, as well as concentration camp survivors  at Buchenwald. You can read the full article on AnnArbor.com here.  

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Susan Allen Presents at the International Spy Museum

by Phillip Witteveen November 14, 2012

Susan Allen, author of Classical Spies, spoke recently at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.  Classical Spies follows a very particular history of espionage in World War II Greece – the lives of archaeologists with code names like Vulture and Chickadee and their efforts to provide intelligence to the Allies while carrying on their studies as a cover. The story was compiled from first hand accounts from the American professors and scholars, as well as previously unpublished diaries, photographs and letters.

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Christian S. Davis offers a past and present look at military actions abroad

by Emily February 23, 2012

Guest blogger Christian S. Davis is the author of Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Germans of Jewish Descent in Imperial Germany, available now from the University of Michigan Press. In his book, Davis explores the relationship between the colonial and antisemitic movements of modern Germany from 1871 to 1918. Here, he discusses the unease he felt when comparing his research to current events that were unfolding as he was writing. The spring of 2004 was a disheartening time to read a newspaper or to watch the news on TV; beginning in April, revelations concerning the torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military […]

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Ruby Cohn, renowned theater and Beckett scholar and UM Press author, dies at 89

by University of Michigan Press October 25, 2011

Ruby Cohn, renowned theater scholar and specialist on the work of Samuel Beckett, died in Oakland, California on October 18 at the age of 89. Cohn was the author of many influential books, including A Beckett Canon, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2001. The obituary below is excerpted from a longer version by her former student Elin Diamond, Professor of English at Rutgers University. See the New York Times obit here. Ruby Cohn was Professor of Comparative Drama at the University of California, Davis where, for thirty years, she was a member of the Comparative Literature, Theater, […]

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