I am Sam Amenn, a graduate student from the University of Chicago. I mastered in international relations with a focus on insurgency formation, grand strategy, and migration patterns and influencers. I received a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in national security from the Virginia Military Institute.

My interest in military history started when I read Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels at the age of thirteen. I dove head first into the American Civil War which led to an interest in WWI, other civil wars, and resistance movements/insurgencies. I am fairly knowledgeable about the American Civil War, the IRA (specifically during the Anglo-Irish War and Irish Civil War), the FLN, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin’s regime, and aerial combat during WWI.

I’ve recently expanded my research into the Eastern and Middle Eastern fronts during WWI, the resistance movements during WWII, the Haganah/Irgun/Lehi insurgencies, the Vietnamese insurgency, Imperial Japan, and the tumultuous histories of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

I would like this blog to be a place where I can share my thoughts about what I’m reading and engage in conversation with fellow history buffs.