About Me

I am a Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University.
I teach all things early modern European, from the Renaissance through the eighteenth century, and even a bit beyond (in both directions).
I research the military history of early modern Europe, with a focus on western Europe, France and England especially, during the age of Louis XIV (c. 1660-1715).
My published works include Vauban Under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession (Brill, 2007).


Genteelly Observing the Enemy in July 2010 (Château de Foix)

8 responses to “About Me”

  1. Glenn Williams says :

    I am interested to see how the site functions. I am a military historian at the the U.S. Army Center of Military History. My personal research focus/ interest is the “long 18th century,” or circa 1688 through 1815, and although I am primarily interested in Colonial-Revolutionary-Early National U.S., I am also interested in what was happening in Europe at the same time.

  2. Andy Tumath says :

    I couldn’t find an option anywhere for starting a new forum topic, so I’m posting here in the “About Me” section.
    I was wondering if anyone had any information about what happened to soldiers killed on campaign during the early-modern age. I’ve seen documentaries about Napoleon’s Grand Armee’s retreat from Russia, and how the troops who fell during the long march home were either left where they dropped, or were given the most perfunctory of burials.
    Was this standard practice? I’d be surprised if there were mass cremations of the fallen, and even more so if any but the highest ranking officers were actually repatriated – but I just can’t think of any grave sites belonging to the early-modern period, even in the Low Countries where war was such an ever-present factor of existence.

  3. Nikola says :

    Hello Mr. Ostwald, how can I contact you? I couldn’t find your email address, anywhere on the blog?

  4. Gunnar W. Knutsen says :

    Thank you for a very interesting blog! I learn a lot from reading it. Your experiences with Devonthink have been particularly enlightening to me, and I draw heavily on them in designing my own database.

  5. William J. Lasseter says :

    An excellent website. Very informative.

  6. James Schmidt says :

    Many thanks from yet another lost soul, trying to figure out how to get Zotero, Scrivener, and DevonThink to play nicely together.

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