Welcome to my home on the web! I’m Paul Douglas Lockhart, Professor of History at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. You could say that I’ve got two mostly-separate careers. I’ve written a couple of books “for the trades” – for wide-release, including two books on the American Revolution, The Whites of their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington and The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army. I have a third trade book on the immediate horizon, a broad history of weapons technology and the art of war: Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. Firepower covers the period from the Renaissance to the Second World War, what I like to call “the age of the gun,” when both weapons technology and military operations alike hinged on firearms. So, in short, it’s kind of a history of guns in warfare, broadly cast. It’ll be available for sale, under the imprint of Basic Books, later this year.
But my real passion, the thing I really love writing about, is the history of Scandinavia during its “age of greatness,” in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when the Nordic kingdoms were at the peak of their power and influence.
Here you will find my (very sporadically-updated) blog, a place to buy my books, and ways of getting in touch with me.