Ed Martini - Department of History, WMU
My research focuses on the history and legacies of American warfare, with an emphasis on the American War in Vietnam

My second monograph also revolves around the theme of rethinking traditional understandings of the American War in Vietnam, this time focusing on the history and legacies of the weaponization of herbicides by the United States.

Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty (2012) book moves beyond previous understandings of the topic by

exploring the transnational history and legacies of what I call the “chemical war” waged by the United States in Southeast Asia

You can find out more about this book here.

Coming out of an interdisciplinary background, my work focuses on the intersection of political, cultural, environmental, and diplomatic history, with an emphasis on the history and legacies of American warfare. My work seeks to contribute to a fundamental rethinking of the ways in which wars are written about, remembered, and represented in American culture.

My first book, Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnam, 1975-2000 (2007), argues that after 1975, the United States continued to wage war against Vietnam by other means: cultural, political, and economic. You can find out more about Invisible Enemies and read reviews here.



My most recent book was an edited collection (co-edited with Scott Laderman). Published by Duke University Press in 2013, Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War and features interdisciplinary essays by a variety of scholars. You can see more about the collection here.

I am currently at work on two book projects. The first, Playing With Fire, explores the military, political, and cultural history of napalm. Moving beyond the Vietnam War, this book will examine the use of napalm by the United States in World War Two, Korea, and elsewhere, and its proliferation in other countries’ arsenals as well. It will also explore the many cultural representations of napalm in the post-Vietnam war world. The second project, Proving Grounds: Military Landscapes, Weapons Testing, and the Environmental Impact of U.S. Bases,” features an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars working at the intersections of environmental, diplomatic, and military history. The collection is being published by the University of Washington Press and will be released in March 2015.