Faculty

Dr. Robert Hunt

Professor

Dr. Robert Hunt
615-898-5519
Room 276, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri (1988)
  • M.A., University of Wyoming (1979)
  • B.A., University of Northern Colorado (1974)

Areas of Expertise

Antebellum American South
Civil War and Reconstruction
The History of War
World War I
War Memory

Biography

I began my career as a Southern historian, examining the relationship between plantation slavery and antebellum social reform (the public school movement). Over the years I have shifted to become an historian of modern war. By this I do not mean just describing and recounting battles, or examining the latest weapons' system. I explore how different societies, through time, have understood war, defined it, prosecuted it, and remembered it. I study the history of war-making, not simply battles and leaders.

 

Publications

David E. Currey and Robert Hunt, The Tullahoma Campaign: The 1863 Civil War Struggle for Middle Tennessee (Tennessee Backroads 2013) public history publication

Robert Hunt, The Good Men Who Won the War: Army of the Cumberland Veterans and Emancipation Memory (University of Alabama Press, 2010) Winner of the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize for best manuscript in Southern History and Culture published by U. of Alabama Press.

Introduction to Marcus B. Toney, The Privati...

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David E. Currey and Robert Hunt, The Tullahoma Campaign: The 1863 Civil War Struggle for Middle Tennessee (Tennessee Backroads 2013) public history publication

Robert Hunt, The Good Men Who Won the War: Army of the Cumberland Veterans and Emancipation Memory (University of Alabama Press, 2010) Winner of the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize for best manuscript in Southern History and Culture published by U. of Alabama Press.

Introduction to Marcus B. Toney, The Privations of a Private: Campaigning with the First Tennessee, CSA, and Life Thereafter (FireAnt, 2005)

Works in Progress
"Luke Lea Remembers His Attempt to Capture the Kaiser: a Southern Progressive's Lingering Memory of the Great War Gone Wrong" Article in progress to be submitted to a major historical journal. This work is part of a larger book-length study entitled Doughboys and Johnny Rebs, which will examine the intersection of World War I memory and Lost Cause memory in Nashville 1919-1945

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Awards

Landmarks in American History Grant, "Travellers Rest, Occupied Nashville, and the Civil War and Emancipation in the Upper South" 2009

Courses

Undergraduate
American South (summers); Civil War and Reconstruction; First World War; American Military History; Modern War and Film (summers)

Graduate
Readings Seminars in Nineteenth-Century America

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Mailing Address
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 23
1301 E. Main Street 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office
Peck Hall 223

Department Chair
Kevin Leonard

Undergraduate Program
(615) 898-2631

Graduate Program
(615) 898-5798

All Other Inquiries
(615) 898-2631