On 2 June 2018, Oxford’s Centre for Global History and the Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, were pleased to host the 2018 Global History of War Lecture, presented by Professor Wayne Lee (UNC).
The lecture, on ‘Reaping the Rewards: How the Governor, the Priest, the Taxman, and the Garrison Secure Victory in World History’ examined the "four pillars" of conquest (the titular governor, priest, tax man and garrison) and compared how these same pillars worked in non-state societies on the Eurasian steppe and in the Native American woodlands.
Wayne E. Lee is the Dowd Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, where he also chairs the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. He is the author of Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History (2016), Barbarians and Brothers: Anglo-American Warfare, 1500-1865 (2011), and Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina (2001) as well as two edited volumes on world military history and many articles and book chapters. Lee has an additional career as an archaeologist, having done field work in Greece, Albania, Hungary, Croatia, and Virginia, including co-directing two field projects. He was a principal author and a co-editor of Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania, winner of the 2014 Society for American Archaeology's book award. In 2015/16 Lee was the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army War College.