Prof. John A. Lynn II

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Professor Emeritus

Additional Campus Affiliations

Center for Global Studies

Highlighted Publications


The Bayonets of the Republic: Motivation and Tactics in the Army of Revolutionary France, 1791-94. University of Illinois Press. 1984.

The Tools of War: Ideas, Instruments, and Institutions of Warfare, 1445-1871. Ed. John A. Lynn. University of Illinois Press. 1990.

Feeding Mars: Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present. Ed. John A. Lynn. Westview Press. 1993.

Giant of the Grand Siècle: The French Army, 1610-1715. Cambridge University Press. 1997.

The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714. Longman. 1999.

Battle: A History of Combat and Culture. Westview Press. 2004.

Women, Armies, and Warfare in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge University Press. 2008.

Another Kind of War: The Nature and History of Terrorism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019.

  • In his new book "Another Kind of War: The Nature and History of Terrorism," History Department Emeritus Professor John Lynn seeks to contribute to "civic education and, in a sense, civil defense." The difficult - yet critical - lesson Professor Lynn instills is that “In dealing with terrorism, wisdom consists of knowing what not to do, as well as what should be done.”

  • Professor Emeritus John Lynn has been awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize, the highest award that the Society for Military History bestows.