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Cover:  Senator Richard Lugar (left) and Senator Sam Nunn (center) consult with Gen. Vladimir A. Mikhtyuk of the 43rd Rocket Army concerning Ukraine’s “inherited” strategic nuclear forces following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Read the story on page 13 of the passage of the Nunn-Lugar Act of 1991, which helped organize U.S. efforts to remove nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons from the breakaway republics.

Print copies of Federal History 
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Book Reviews

War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War

By Joan E. Cashin

Reviewed by Ryan K. McNutt

Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America’s Civil War

By Andrew S. Bledsoe and Andrew Lang, eds.

Reviewed by Alexandre F. Caillot

Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

By John M. Thompson

Reviewed by Jeremi Suri

Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal

By Tisa Wenger

Reviewed by Mary Kupiec Cayton

The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan

By Sam Kleiner

Reviewed by Terence Christian

Nature Behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration

By Connie Y. Chiang

Reviewed by Jeffery F. Burton



Federal History features scholarship on all aspects of the history and operations of the federal government, and of critical historical interactions between American society and the government, including the U.S. military, 1776 to the present. It also publishes articles examining contemporary issues and challenges in federal history work. The journal highlights the research of historians working in or for federal agencies, academic historians, and independent scholars.

For submissions or inquiries, e-mail the Federal History editors at

ISSN 2163-8144 (print)

ISSN 1943–8036 (online)


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