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Who loves historical recreations, sims, immersive history, RPGs (call it what you will) more than military historians? Just about nobody! And how to combat the declining enrollment in many humanities courses? One way is offering exactly this approach to learning about the past in class—activating students’ imaginations and making them role players, strategists, world leaders, politicians, and generals for a day, a week, even a semester. In a hotly anticipated and newly released book, award-winning educator, Michael A. Barnhart, reveals the elixir for student engagement. Can You Beat Churchill? Teaching History through Simulations offers a toolkit, from the straightforward to the more involved, to awaken students’ historical imaginations. The point is not to re-enact history in lockstep fashion, but to demonstrate how things might have turned out differently, the contingency of events, and how the decisions of individuals and collectivities can make a real difference.

In a hotly anticipated and newly released book, award-winning educator, Michael A. Barnhart, reveals the elixir for student engagement.

So now, we call on you, Society for Military History conference-goers, armchair military historians, and their aunts and uncles! You may have used Professor Barnhart’s earlier book, Japan Prepares for Total War, in your classrooms, and be curious about what he offers here. And we are offering a chance to do so for free! 

From 20-23 May, during the course of the SMH conference, we are running a contest, where the winner gets a free copy of this stellar book. All you need to do is provide a brief (200-word) description of your favorite historical simulation used in class, and tell us why. A tall order, we know, but a creative one! We will post the best entries on our blog, and award a copy of Can You Beat Churchill? to the winner, as selected by the Press.

Send us your entry by May 27 via email at af582@cornell.edu for a chance to win! We’ll review all entries and announce a winner by the end of the month.

Can You Beat Churchill?
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Michael A. Barnhart is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is author of Japan and the World since 1868 and Japan Prepares for Total War.

*Featured photo: The British Bulldog. Credit: Barthelemy de Mazenod.


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