So, it's been a long time since I posted some frantic filler on my way to New Orleans for the Society for Military History conference. My apologies to those waiting for new posts, as I fell victim to the perfection trap. The above video, which hopefully you all can see, is the result of that trap, as it took me forever to figure out how to make this work from a technical aspect. This was complicated by traveling for work extensively in the time between then and now, so it's been over two months since I've been able to get to anything publishable. Hopefully, this works and you all can forgive me.
This will be the first of two video presentations. This video, as I explain in the video, is the presentation I gave as part of the Chinese Military History Society's annual conference, held in New Orleans the day before the main SMH event. The second video is the slides from my actual SMH presentation. Unfortunately, technology got the better of me during the first presentation (somewhat ironic, given my stance that Nagashino was not a victory of technology), so I ended up talking through the second half of my presentation (from where I start the videos here) without the slides. I will be sending this link to the wonderful people I met at the conference who wished to see more of the video links.
All in all, I had a very enjoyable and productive time. Several projects may come out of this in the future, who knows. I hesitate to talk in detail about possibilities, but these conferences are all about making connections when it comes down to it, and I made some very good ones. I'd like to first of all thank Dr. David Graff, Dr. Ken Swope, and Dr. Peter Lorge, for putting together the CMHS conference and allowing me, a JAPAN specialist, to participate. Also, I thank all the participants for welcoming me and making me feel like I was not out of place. Quite the opposite, actually--as military historians, we're a small corner of our respective country-oriented fields, and as China/Japan specialists, we're again a small corner of the heavily Euro/American-centric military history field. For once, I felt I had people who really understand ALL of what I'm talking about, and it was very gratifying.
I'll save the comments on the SMH conference for the next post. Once these two videos are up, I'll get back to some of the projects I was working on prior to conferencing (the Perrin book, etc.) and start ramping up for the Conflict Archaeology conference at which I will speak in October. I'll be in Japan for a good portion of the summer, quite near to Nagashino, so expect some fun posts from there as well. With that, enjoy the video, and comments/feedback are welcome as always.