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The Journal of the History of Military Technology
Editor-in-Chief: Steven A. Walton
Vulcan is an international peer-reviewed journal which explores the history of military invention, innovation, and use. While technologies are both agents and objects in military activity, their histories are also intertwined with social and cultural factors. Vulcan goes beyond simple use narratives and asks how social, cultural, political, technical, and environmental factors affect and are affected by military technological change.

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The role played by technology in transforming human societies has been a preoccupation of the modern period. Technology and Change in History is a peer-reviewed* series of monographs which surveys the development of technology from a variety of different historical perspectives. Each volume aims to present to scholars, graduate students and non-specialists alike the current state of knowledge in the field. Earlier volumes in the series have focused on the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman World, as well as the medieval and early modern periods. Over the coming years, the time period and geographical coverage of the series will be extended to encompass the prehistoric and modern periods, as well as Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Stefan Einarson or to one of the series editors: Adam Lucas (University of Wollongong) or Steven A. Walton (Michigan Technological University).

*For the Brill Author Guide which also includes information on Brill's peer review process click here.

The concept of technological determinism has been a mainstay of discussions in history of technology and especially in science and technology studies (sts) for about half a century, yet military history as a field has generally sidestepped the idea as a category of analysis. Military historians, however, would do well to consider some of the insights from these other fields, for they can fall prey to (tacitly) deterministic analyses. Although the emphasis on tactical and strategic factors, as well as leadership and soldiers’ experience, sometimes insulates technological explanations from appearing to be causal, a casual reading of both military history and contemporary military policy seems to show that warfighters and political leaders often see technology as transformative. This is all the more evident in the discussion of military revolutions and especially revolutions in military affairs (RMAs), where technology is a least a leg of the stool, and at “best” a transformative agent.

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Published in a quarto-size format to allow for illustrations, volumes in this series focus on archaeological and historical topics, either as monographs or as collections of essays.

The Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant series publishes volumes from the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East. Other series offered by Brill that publish volumes from the Museum include Harvard Semitic Studies and Harvard Semitic Monographs, https://hmane.harvard.edu/publications.
Within the broad range of the history, religion, society, and literature of the ancient Near East, titles in this series may treat an individual text or a topic that extends across a variety of texts and other sources. While the text or topic often has to do with the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel, it can focus on other ancient Near Eastern cultures. Published volumes may be revised doctoral dissertations or other scholarly works of comparable importance.

The Harvard Semitic Monographs series publishes volumes from the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East. Other series offered by Brill that publish volumes from the Museum include Harvard Semitic Studies and Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant, https://hmane.harvard.edu/publications.
With a focus on Semitic philology and linguistics, this series includes descriptive, comparative, historical, and lexical studies. Volumes may focus on a particular language or body of texts within a language, or they may be grammars for use in teaching a language, or collections of essays with a broader scope.

The Harvard Semitic Studies series publishes volumes from the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East. Other series offered by Brill that publish volumes from the Museum include Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant and Harvard Semitic Monographs, https://hmane.harvard.edu/publications.