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Peter Paret, professor emeritus of historical studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, will speak on "The History of War and Other Histories," at the Old Dominion University Perry Library's Fall Forum Lecture Friday, Oct. 28.

The discussion, free and open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. in room 105 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

A principal area of Paret's research is the political and intellectual challenges of war. A veteran of World War II, during which he served in the U.S. Army, he has written extensively on the topics of war and military, including the book "Clausewitz and the State" and the essay volume "Understanding War."

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Leo Baeck Institute, Paret also holds membership in the American Philosophical Society and is an honorary fellow of the London School of Economics and honorary member of the German Clausewitz Society. The German government awarded him the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit. He has won the Society of Military History's Samuel Eliot Morison Award and twice won the society's Moncado Prize.

Paret earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from King's College at the University of London. He has served on the faculty of Princeton University, the University of California at Davis and Stanford University, where he was the first Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History. He has received honorary degrees from the University of London, University of South Carolina and the College of Wooster.

For more information about the Fall Forum call 683-4141.

This article was posted on: August 29, 2005

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