Juvenal-Juvenall-Juvenile: a family history. Danville, Illinois: Interstate, 1972. Out-of-print. [This began as a little project, but once I discovered that all Americans bearing this name trace their ancestors back to one Huguenot powdered wig manufacturer who fled to Philadelphia from the religious wars of late 17th century France, it led me as far as the American civil war and cattle droving. I intend to work on a new edition, starting in the fall of 2006. Contributions and updates are welcome.]
The Baltic Crusade is the story of the 13th century German and Scandinavian crusades to Livonia (modern Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland)
The Baltic Crusade. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1975. 2nd edition, revised and enlarged. Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, 1994.
A selection from the preface to the 2nd edition.
Not yet out of print. Ignore what Amazon.com says. See publisher's website.
Also, this is html format. The print in the book looks normal.
IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT NUMEROUS LIBRARIES STILL HAVE ONLY THE FIRST EDITION. SO MANY CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE IN THIS AND OTHER EDITIONS OF MY BOOKS ON MEDIEVAL BALTIC HISTORY THAT THESE LIBRARIES SHOULD UPDATE THEIR HOLDINGS BY ACQUIRING THE MOST RECENT EDITIONS. PRICES HAVE BEEN KEPT LOW TO ENCOURAGE THIS.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>The Livonian Rhymed Chronicle. Translation with Jerry C. Smith. Bloomington, Indiana: University of Indiana Publications, 1977. A paragraph from the Introduction That earlier edition is both out-of-print and outdated.
Completely revised and enlarged second edition Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, 2001.[how to order below] Paperback.
A History of Monmouth College through its fifth quarter-century. With Mary Crow, Charles J. Speel, II, and Samuel Thompson. Monmouth, Illinois: Monmouth College, 1979. The opening paragraph of the Introduction Only a few copies left for sale. Contact the Monmouth College Bookstore (309-457-2399)<![if !vml]><![endif]>
The Prussian Crusade. The second edition, enlarged and revised, is in print: Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, 2000. [how to order below] Paperback.
Chapter One of the Revised Edition: The Holy Roman Empire
Chapter Two of the Revised Edition: Early Years of the Teutonic Order
If your library owns the primitive 1982 desk-top publishing edition, please replace it.
The Livonian Crusade. Excerpt from Chapter One [1st edition. 1981] 2nd, enlarged edition. Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, 2004.
549 pp, with maps and illustrations. $45.75
If your library owns the primitive 1981 desk-top publishing edition, do replace it.
See the bottom of this page for the webpage. This is the sequel to The Baltic Crusade. Summary
Narcissus and the Faceless Man, reflections on Individualism and Conformity. Monmouth: Monmouth College, 1984. Revised as a Sabbatical project in the spring of 2003.
Readings for the New Individual, selections on individualism and conformity. Monmouth: Monmouth College, 1984. Out of print.
The Chronicle of Balthasar Russow. Translation with Jerry C. Smith and Juergen Eichhoff. Madison: Wisconsin Baltic Studies Series, 1988. This sixteenth century chronicle is essential for anyone in Baltic Studies.
Hard and soft covers.
Can be obtained at the Lithuanian Research and Studies Center in Chicago.
Selection from the Introduction
This chronicle, written in a lively and provocative style, very sympathetic to the native Estonians, condemns the lifestyles and policies of the rich and idle German nobles. It then described the heroism, the errors and the atrocities of the great war with Ivan the Terrible. It also contains two of the most outraged rebuttals you would ever want to read--written by contemporary German nobles who were once the tsar's spokesmen.
The Samogitian Crusade. Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Study Center, 2006. Selection from the Introduction Long out-of-print. Now available.<![if !vml]><![endif]><![if !vml]><![endif]>http://www.lithuanianresearch.org/eng/ltsceng/books/book45.htm
Kryžiaus karas Žemaitijoje (The Samogitian Crusade) was published in October
of 2005 by The Science & Encyclopedia Publishing Institute, L.
Asanaviciutes g. 23, LT-04315, Vilnius, Lithuania. Tel. +370 5 2431338, fax.
+370 5 2458537
below: the castle at Trakai
Dithmarschen, a medieval peasant republic. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen, 1991. A selection from the Introduction
A look at an unusual and successful democratic republic in the far north of Germany, on the islands and shores of the North Sea. Dithmarschen succumbed to Danish forces only in 1557.
Salomon Henning's Chronicle, translation with Jerry C. Smith and J. Ward Jones. Madison: Wisconsin Baltic Studies Series, 1992. Hard and soft covers. This chronicle of Ivan the Terrible's invasion of Livonia and his eventual defeat describes the collapse of the Livonian Confederation, the dissolution of the Livonian Order, and the occupation of the land by Sweden and Poland. An important companion piece to Russow's Chronicle.
The Independence of the Baltic States: Origins, Causes, and Consequences. A Comparison of the Critical Years 1918/1919 and 1990/1991. Edited with Eberhard Demm and Roger Noël. Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, 1996. Introduction by Eberhard Demm
Translation of Johannes Renner's Chronicle with Jerry C. Smith and Ward Jones. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 1997. Selection from the Introduction Another important chronicle of Ivan the Terrible's invasion of Livonia.
Chapter One: The Years 1556-1557
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Tannenberg and After: Lithuania, Poland, and the Teutonic Order in Search of Immortality. 3rd edition. Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, 2003. 535 pp.
Photo: John Rackauskas, President of the Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, William Urban, and Ricardas Spitrys, who printed the 535 page book. Holding the first copies of Tannenberg and After.
This book was selected by the U.S. Commission on Military History for inclusion in vol. 22 of the Bibliographie International d'Histoire Militaire.
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This concluding volume of the series of crusading histories in the Baltic describes the fall and decline (that's right, no misprint) of the Teutonic Order and the rise of Poland-Lithuania to regional hegemony, 1398-1525.
A Lithuanian translation was published by the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in February of 2004.
TO ORDER BOOKS published by the Lithuanian Research and Studies Center in Chicago, call (773) 434-4545 or write 5600 South Claremont Avenue, Chicago IL 60636-1039. Check out its WEBSITE.
WYATT EARP: The OK CORRAL AND THE LAW OF THE AMERICAN WEST (New York: Rosen, August 2003)
The Library of American Lives and Times. For middle school readers.
If you are looking for a birthday or Christmas gift for a middle school child, particularly if that child thinks history is dull, consider this.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>The Teutonic Order, a military history (Greenhill, 2003) Greenhill Press is a prominent English publisher of reference books and monographs on military history. This has been a History Book Club selection since the spring of 2003, and on its best-seller list.
Why I write about the Teutonic Knights
‘Urban brings an epic quality to the lives of the German crusaders, the hard men of Europe, whose military campaigns could rival those of the Templars.’ – Oxford Times
‘This clever and capable author writes
a brilliant overview of 500 years of its political and military history. . .
. The Teutonic Knights is a terrific book . . . Well-written, concise, and
fast moving, you'll appreciate Urban’s efforts to highlight crusader action
on the fringes of Christendom’
‘This narrative history of the Teutonic Order
. . .fills an important gap in English writing on crusading history. Urban is
a distinguished historian of the Christianization of the Baltic in the period
between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, and gives us a general history of
the order and of the great process conversion in which it played such a major
role. . . . Enlivened by Urban’s occasional acerbic remarks, as exemplified
in his bibliography: “Some well-known works have been omitted because their
only worth is for propaganda in disputes now long forgotten or for providing
the author's income”.’
Available in paperback.
The Swedish translation (2006) and Hungarian (2005)
A Polish translation appeared in July 2005.
A translation into Spanish is underway.
What Greenhill Press says:
Medieval Mercenaries<![if !vml]><![endif]>
• Groundbreaking work on soldiers of
fortune in the Middle Ages
<![if !vml]><![endif]>This was translated into Polish in 2008.
W burzliwych czasach średniowiecza losy państw i narodów
rozstrzygały się najczęściej na polach bitew, a
czynnikiem decydującym o uzyskaniu i utrzymaniu władzy była
siła oręża. Rycerstwo oraz złożone z ludzi
niższego stanu lokalne oddziały pomocnicze przeważnie jednak
nie zapewniały wystarczającej liczby wyćwiczonych w wojennym
rzemiośle, sprawnych fizycznie i nielękających się walki
żołnierzy. W takiej sytuacji sięgano po najemników. Popularna
monografia znanego amerykańskiego historyka poświęcona jest
dawnym "psom wojny", walczącym wyłącznie dla sutego
żołdu i bogatych łupów. Wojownicy ci wywodzili się z
różnych warstw społecznych. Najemnikami bywali zamożni
arystokraci, chłopi, mieszczanie, a nawet duchowni. Wyróżniali
się nadzwyczajną skutecznością i
wytrwałością, cenili też nowe zdobycze techniki wojennej.
August 15, 2007. The Greenhill
Bayonets for Hire
‘Bayonets for Hire slashes into the sordid history of mercenaries in the Early Modern age. A fine addition to Urban’s previous books, his historic findings and narrative blend together for an exciting read’ - Jay Franco, Military Book Club (USA)
THE DEAN IS DEAD. iUniverse, 2007. Author's comments
The Dean Is Still Dead iUniverse, 2008.
In the fall semester of 1995 Professor Donahue and Chief
Biggs investigated the watery demise of Dean Wooda, murdered as part of an
insurance scam intended to resolve
Donahue’s on-and-off romance of Mary is off again. Can murder bring them together once more? Or will it drive them apart for good?
The college’s future looks good, thanks to media coverage of the trial—everyone wants a campus tour that includes the sites associated with the scandal, and some visitors are enrolling!
If you’ve ever attended a small college, you’ve been to Briarpatch. Your alma mater’s endowment may be larger, the buildings newer and the football team more successful, but the faculty, the staff and the cafeteria food are the same everywhere.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>iUniverse, 2009.
<![if !vml]><![endif]> iUniverse 2010
2013: Why the Dean Is Dead.
William Urban is often asked where he gets his ideas. He always answers that he just looks around, reads the Chronicle of Higher Education, and shares beers with colleagues at conferences. Insanity abounds!
Matchlocks to Flintlocks (2011)
Publicity blurb Matchlocks to Flintlocks
Historians have long explained this development the work of absolute rulers. Yes, there were powerful rulers, but they imposed their will less by tyrannical methods than a combination of persuasion, compromise, bribery, and flattery; the iron fist is most effective when clad in a silk glove.
This was not an era that would attract a time-traveler, but it was never dull. Christendom, fractured by quarrels among Catholics, Protestants and Orthodoxy, faced invasions by Muslim Turks and Tatars. The West was on the defensive until just before 1700, with several crises having been barely survived until the decisive encounter at Vienna in 1683. The subsequent struggle over Budapest, then the Christian drive down the Danube intended to liberate the peoples of the Balkans demonstrated that the future belonged to the West, not the traditional empires of the East.
Louis XIV’s attacks across the Rhine into Germany and Holland ended the Austrian effort to drive the Turks out of Europe, leaving the way open for Peter the Great to advance Russia’s borders far to the south.
This is military history in social, economic and political contexts. Urban’s well-known light touch is in evidence, but readers will also benefit from his insights into the contributions of leading scholars of military history.
and Bayonets and Scimitars (London: Frontline: summer 2013)
Small Wars and their Influence on Nation States: 1500 to the PresentHardcover – March 30, 2016
1500, European warfare was repeatedly revolutionized by new weapons, new
methods for supplying armies in the field, improved fortifications and new
tactics for taking fortifications. This allowed empires to grow, with, for
example, the Ottomans expanding into the Middle East and Africa, Britain
dominating India, and Russia conquering the steppe.
Chapter 1 Every Periphery Has a Centre
Chapter 2 Gunpowder Regimes
Chapter 3 The Frontiers of Christendom
Chapter 4 Africa, the Ultimate Periphery
Chapter 5 The Collapse of Old Empires
Chapter 6 Scotland and Ireland
Chapter 7 The New Armies
Chapter 8 Britain in America
Chapter 9 Central Asia, the Periphery of Empires
Chapter 10 Mercenaries in Literature
Chapter 11 Peripheries Are Not Always Distant
Chapter 12 Reflections on the Writing of History
Time seems to bear out my contention that tribalism is more important than religion, though when combined their power is greater than the sum of their parts.
Published in November 2018:
The Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg, Žalgris) was
one of the largest battles in Medieval Europe and was the most important in
the histories of Poland and Lithuania.