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Dr. M.C. Smith
Associate Professor of History

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Dr. M. C. Smith is a native of Cullman, Alabama and received a B. A. in History from Samford University in 1984. After a brief stint as a newspaper editor he entered the graduate program at Auburn University, earning both an M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (2000) in History. Since then he has held visiting positions with Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Clarion University in Clarion, PA, The United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX.

Dr. Smith’s primary area of interest is European history, with a heavy emphasis on Military, Colonial and Imperial British History. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the Legion of Ancient Historians and often a member of the American Historical Association. In 2005 he became a Fellow of the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 137 World Civilization to 1648
  • HIST 138 World Civilization since 1648
  • HIST 330 American Military History
  • HIST 335 Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HIST 490 History of Ireland

Books and Articles

“’We Give the Afreedeeman Fits:’ The Tirah Campaign, 1897,” Small Wars and Insurgencies.

“Breaking Traditions: Lord Roberts and the Boer War Victoria Crosses,” South African Journal of Military History. December 2001.

Afghanistan, Ashanti Wars, Winston Churchill, Crimean War, Horatio Kitchener, Ndebele, Horatio Nelson, Henry Temple Lord Palmerston, Shaka Zulu, Henry Morton Stanley, articles in Colonialism: An International Social, Cultural and Political Encyclopedia. Melvin Page, General Editor , ABC-CLIO, 2003.

Awarded for Valour. Palgrave Macmillan: Great Britain, 2008.


“’We Give the Afreedeeman Fits:’ The Tirah Campaign of 1897,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington D.C. , January 2004.

“Military Effectiveness in Afghan Hill Warfare: The British Experience,” Ohio Valley Historical Conference, Austin-Peay University, October 2002.

“’You Have to Shoot Somebody.’ A Paradigm Shift in Heroism: The Victoria Cross and the Great War,” War and Virtual War: The Challenges to Communities Interdisciplinary Symposium. Mansfield College, Oxford University, July 2002.

“Gender and Heroism in the British Army,” Southern Conference on British Studies. New Orleans, 2001.

“Afghan Hill Warfare in Historical Perspective,” Community Dialogue Series, Session II, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2001.

“Forgotten VCs of the Pacific Theater,” WW II Roundtable, UNC-Asheville, 2000.

“Women and the Victoria Cross,” Missouri Valley Historical Conference, Omaha, 1999.