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Post  King_Rufus on Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:47 pm

is found HERE at the Academia site .. but skip the first couple of pages.

John Curry's HISTORY OF WARGAMING site is also very interesting, and sells a number of reprints of wargaming classics, including Charge!, Little Wars, and the Featherstone books.
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Post  Mr. Digby on Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:27 pm

Unfortunately it is an entirely US-centric view and misses out a lot of crucial activity from Britain and Europe. H G Wells and "Little Wars" is quickly dismissed as not very influential when in the United Kingdom it was immensely influential and the article them goes on to cover in more detail than is really necessary, the board game genre which was almost entirely US-publisher driven in the 70s.

Miniatures wargaming seems to get completely ignored. For my own early hobby miniatures were everything and board games hardly even came onto my radar which was also the case with the wargaming clubs I attended in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

The extremely active British miniatures wargaming hobby of the 60s and 70s is entirely omitted as are all the movers and shakers of that community at that time.

Dungeons & Dragons gets a mention but its British authors do not (!). D&D is not really even a wargame, it is an RPG and therefore quite a different category of military simulation, or story-telling.

I was somewhat disappointed and a little irritated by the narrow American view of the article.

Fletcher Pratt gets no mention that I could see when his naval wargames of the 1920s and 30s were used as staff college teaching aids by US naval personnel in the inter-war years.

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