Dr. Lisa Mundey Publishes Book on American Militarism

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Dr. Lisa Mundey Publishes Book on American Militarism
Photo: Dr. Lisa Mundey Book Dr. Lisa Mundey, UST assistant professor of history, has written a book titled American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Media, 1945-1970. The work was published in February by McFarland Publishers.

Mundey’s book explores military images in television, film and comic books from 1945 to 1970 to understand how popular culture made it possible for a public to embrace more militaristic national security policies yet continue to perceive themselves as deeply anti-militaristic. During these early decades of the Cold War, most Americans continued to identify themselves as fundamentally anti-militaristic, defining “militaristic” as the authoritarian regimes of Germany and Japan that the nation had defeated in World War II-aggressive, power-hungry countries in which the military possessed power outside civilian authority.

Much of the popular culture in the decades following World War II reflected and reinforced a more pacifist perception of America.

Mundey earned a doctorate in American History from Kansas State University in 2006. She teaches courses on U.S. History to and from 1877, the U.S. Civil War, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the New Deal and World War II, the Cold War, U.S. War and Society and Oral History. She has done extensive research on modern American military history, particularly the military’s relationship with the American people.

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