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VULCAN

JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL HISTORY
OF MILITARY TECHNOLOGY

to be published by Brill Publishers, Leiden.
Volume 1, number 1, is slated for publication in 2010.

Call for Articles
Vulcan: Journal of the Social History as weapons themselves, about ideas as well as
of Military Technology offers a new venue for hardware, about organization as well as mate-
historians and social scientists to publish their riel. We seek articles that explore ways in
research on the history of military technologies which social class, race, gender, culture, eco-
in their social or cultural contexts. Academic nomics, or other extra-military factors have
and public interest in the history of military influenced and been influenced by the inven-
technology has always been substantial, but tion, R&D, diffusion, or use of weapons or
has usually been expressed in terms of weap- other military technologies. We hope to pub-
onry, warships, fortifications, or other physical lish articles with many times and places; in
manifestations of warfare, with emphasis particular, we welcome articles on non-
mainly on how they were made or how they Western and pre-modern topics. We seek arti-
worked, often in antiquarian detail. Writers in cles that address the roles that military tech-
the field have also tended to assume a strictly nologies play in shaping and reshaping the re-
utilitarian and rational basis for military tech- lationships of soldiers to other soldiers; sol-
nological invention and innovation. However diers to military, political, and social institu-
indispensable such approaches may be, they tions; and military institutions to other social
largely ignore some very important questions. institutions, most notably political and eco-
What are the contexts of social values, atti- nomic. We also welcome articles on histori-
tudes, and interests, non-military as well as ographical or museological topics that address
military, that shape and support (or oppose) how military technology has been analyzed,
these technologies? What are the consequences interpreted, and understood in other fields,
of gender, race, class, and other aspects of the other cultures, and other times.
social order for the nature and use of military Articles for Vulcan must address some
technology? Or, more generally: How do so- aspect of military technology and of social or
cial and cultural environments within the mili- cultural history. Excluded from our purview
tary itself or in the larger society affect mili- will be articles on the strictly technical devel-
tary technological change? And the indispen- opment of particular pieces of military hard-
sable corollary: How does changing military ware or purely operational histories of their
technology affect other aspects of society and use. Social history of the military will not be
culture? In brief, we want to see articles that accepted unless it obviously addresses techno-
address military technology as both agent and logical matters or the author explains how his
object of social change. or her subject should be considered techno-
We propose to cast a wide net, taking a logically relevant.
very broad view of technology and its wider We anticipate the appearance of the
ramifications that includes not only the pro- first issue in spring 2010. Please send your
duction, distribution, use, and replacement of submissions, electronically if possible, to ei-
weapons and weapon systems, but also com- ther of the editors: Bart Hacker: hacker@si.edu
munications, logistic, medical, and other tech- or Steve Walton: saw23@psu.edu. If electronic
nologies of military relevance. We seek arti- submission is not feasible, contact one of the
cles about representations of weapons as well editors about how to proceed.