Wayne E. Lee
                     Dowd Distinguished Professor for the Study of War and Peace in the Department of History
Chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense
Research Associate, UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology
University of North Carolina

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Hist 717 Introduction to Military History

Syllabi of selected previous courses (subject to change, for information only)
PWAD 350 National and International Security
HIST 351 Global History of Warfare (syllabus only)
HIST 395.006 Violence in the Early Modern Western World (not the FYS version of this course!)
HNRS 353 Early English Exploration and Colonization
HIST 674 Field Methods in Archaeology and History (Summer 2008)

Books (or, go to my Amazon page)
Book news!!: Barbarians and Brothers is now available in paperback!
Light and Shadow won the Society of American Archaeology's 2014 scholarly book of the year award

  _____ C&S cover _____ empires cover _____ B&B cover_____ Warfare and Culture cover _____Light and Shadow ____Waging War

For a list of Selected Publications go HERE

For a complete CV (irregularly updated) go HERE

Personal Info and Other Projects

<> I specialize in early modern military history, with a particular focus on colonial America, Native Americans, and the British empire. In 2011 I published Barbarians and Brothers, Empires and Indigenes, and Warfare and Culture in World History (links above).  I continue to work on issues of war and sovereignty in the English/British relationship with local peoples in Ireland and North America.  In the fall of 2015 my survey of world military history came out, entitled: Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History. During 2015/16 I served as the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College.  At the moment I am working on a several new projects on the relationships between war, culture, and strategy..

I have had a long "side career" as an archaeologist, and have done fieldwork in Greece, Albania, Virginia, and Hungary, and I continue to work and publish in that field. Although often tangential to my primary work as a military historian, I have benefited greatly from the experience.  I have learned much from my anthropologist colleagues and from the close study of landscapes.  Some links to the projects I've worked on are provided below.  Most recently I co-directed a project in the mountains of northern Albania (the Shala Valley Project, SVP), now published as Light and Shadow (link above), winner of the 2014 Society for American Archaeology scholarly book of the year.  The historical component of that project examined how the tribal peoples of the northern Albanian mountains maintained their autonomy from the Ottoman empire while also providing them with some military service.  In the winter of 2008 my co-director and I snowshoed into the valley (otherwise cut off during the winter) to experience how the villagers manage during the long cold season; you can read more about that trip here.  In summer 2011 I joined a new project in the Mani, in the southern Peloponnese, in Greece (the Diros Project); fieldwork there is ongoing involving both survey and excavation.

I was an officer in the U.S. Army (combat engineer) and served in Germany, Virginia, and in the Gulf War. When not working or teaching I am a blacksmith and a whitewater kayaker.


Diros landscapeLink to the Diros Project (Mani, Greece) (ScienceLive article HERE)

 Link to Shala Valley Project (northern Albania)  (fieldwork completed) Kulla in Theth (link is temporarily down as the site is migrated)

Apollonia image Link to the Mallakastro Regional Archaeological Project (Albania) (fieldwork completed) 

Link to the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (Greece) (fieldwork completed) Margeli

LVHAP   Link to the Loudoun Valley Historical Archaeology Project (LVHAP) (field school completed)