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Mark Sheftall, Assistant Professor of War and Society, joined the Auburn University History faculty in 2009. He received his PhD in history from Duke University, after earning an MA in history and a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia. He teaches World Military History, courses on the Twentieth Century's World Wars, and World History. Additional teaching and research interests include the history of modern Britain and the British Empire, modern European history, and the relationship between war and social and cultural change in the modern world.
In 2009, I.B. Tauris published his book, Altered Memories of the Great War: Divergent Narratives in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, which compares the ways in which Britons, Canadians, Australians, and New Zealanders during the First World War and inter-war years imagined and rendered, within their respective cultures, the experience of the Great War. He analyzes the emergence in each country of distinctive "myths" related to the nation's war experience, and locates such phenomena within the context of evolving conceptions of collective identity.
His research has been supported by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (in French), and a number of research and travel-study grants from the Government of Canada.
- 2002 PhD, Duke University, History
- 1993 MA, University of Georgia, History
- 1990 BA, University of Georgia, Journalism
- Altered Memories of the Great War: Divergent Narratives in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, I.B. Tauris, 2009.
"War and Memory," "Douglas MacArthur," and "Dwight D. Eisenhower" entries, in Peter Karsten, ed., Encyclopedia of War and American Society, vol. 2, Sage Publications, 2005.
Last Updated: July 25, 2016