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In this conclusory, The company of military historians includes five of Edmund Burke's "little platoons". Each makes a unique and necessary contribution. The students include college professors, tenure-trackers and the goliardi who fi ll itinerant adjunct slots. They include the secondary teachers who keep pace in the field, and communicate their conclusions as classroom alternatives to the orthodoxies of class, race, and gender. Finally, students incorporate the commercial writers whose works oft en contribute significantly to human and institutional dynamics that defy archival analysis. Soldiers contribute rootedness. Military history has avoided fl ating off into postmodernist abstraction because it is fact-centered. Public military historians are too often the field's "lost platoon". But government work on assigned projects is more than a mere alternative to a "real" job usually defi ned as academic.

Keywords: edmund burke; little platoons; lost platoons; military historians; soldiers

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