This is a brief list of some key publications from our department faculty.

Terrie Dopp Aamodt

Righteous Armies, Holy Cause: Apocalyptic Imagery and the Civil War (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2002).

A recurring theme for American mythmakers, particularly in times of crisis or national self-doubt, has been the Apocalypse. Nowhere is this pattern more evident than in cultural responses to the Civil War. Although apocalyptic interpretations of the war have most often been associated with the North, a significant body of apocalyptic literature appeared in the South during the Civil War. Furthermore, themes of the end of the world pervade the songs and oral history of southern slaves. Apocalyptic interpretations were not only an argumentative tool of the pulpit and religious tracts, but they also pervaded popular culture in poetic language, verbal images, and visual iconography, becoming an aesthetic preoccupation as well as a rhetorical strategy.

All participants envisioned a radically different world made by the war. To Unionists it promised the purgation of the last great sin–slavery–that kept the United States from fulfilling its millennial promise. To Confederates it held out the hope of removing the corruption that had infiltrated the national government since the Constitutional Convention adjourned. To slaves it meant forsaking the bondage of their world in favor of the freedom they would experience as new Children of Israel. After the Civil War, however, liberal Protestants, fundamentalists, and artists formed increasingly divergent expectations about the end of the world.


Bold Venture: A History of Walla Walla College (College Place, WA: Walla Walla College, 1992).

The history of Walla Walla College was written as part of Walla Walla College's centennial celebration. The volume includes chronological chapters on the college's struggling early years, its growth into an accredited college, the World War II years and postwar expansion, the Baby Boom years, and the 1980s. It also includes topical chapters on educational philosophy, vocational education, the School of Theology, the School of Engineering, social life and recreation, and service. It is based on research conducted at the Walla Walla College archives, Washington State University, The University of Idaho, Whitman College, and the Archives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It also includes information from more more than 70 taped oral history interviews.

Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Editor. Seasons of Faith: A Spiritual Anthology (College Place, WA: Walla Walla College 1999).

This book is an anthology of essays, stories, and poems about the spiritual journeys of 35 students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Walla Walla College. The college published and distributed 4000 copies in 1999, including 1000 copies distributed at the first-ever convention of all NAD K-12 teachers, held in Dallas, Texas, in 2000.

Montgomery Buell

Montgomery Buell, Editor.  Status of Pacific Salmon and Their Role in North Pacific Marine Ecosystems. (Vancouver, BC: North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, 2007).





Gregory Dodds

Exploiting Erasmus: the Erasmian Legacy and Religious Change in Early Modern England.

The following excerpt comes from the University of Toronto Press Catalogue.

Desiderius Erasmus’ humanist works were influential throughout Europe, in various areas of thought including theology, education, philology, and political theory. Exploiting Erasmus examines the legacy of Erasmus in England from the mid-sixteenth century to the overthrow of James II in 1688 and studies the various ways in which his works were received, manipulated, and used in religious controversies that threatened both church and state.

In viewing movements and events such as the rise of anti-Calvinism, the religious politics leading to the English civil war, and the emergence of the Latitudinarians during the Restoration, Gregory Dodds provides a fascinating account not only of the reception and effects of Erasmus’ works, but also of the early history of English Protestantism. Exploiting Erasmus offers a critical new angle for rethinking the theology and rhetoric of the time. It is a remarkable study of Erasmus’ influence on issues of conformity, tolerance, war, and peace.


Terrell D. Gottschall

By Order of the Kaiser: Otto von Diederichs and the Rise of the Imperial German Navy, 1865-1902 (Naval Institute Press, 2003).

This biography--the first in English--of the prominent pre-World War I German naval officer Otto von Diederichs examines the evolution of the Imperial German Navy and Diederichs's participation in the Navy's strategic and operational development. When he secured his naval appointment in 1867, the Prussian Navy was little more than a coastal-defense force, but during the course of his naval service, the fleet evolved into the Imperial German Navy whose High Seas Fleet played a major role in the world war.

Known as an expert troubleshooter, Diederichs served variously as a training officer, commander of a gunboat during the Franco-German War of 1870-1871, first officer aboard a cruiser in East Asian waters, and a naval educator at the Navy's undergraduate and postgraduate academic institutions. His most famous achievement, the 1897 seizure of Kiao-chou Bay as Germany's first overseas naval base, and his most controversial act, an 1898 confrontation with Rear Admiral George Dewey at Manila Bay, are thoroughly explored in the book. German naval historian Terrell Gottschall also takes a careful look at the strategic dispute between Diederichs and Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz that led to Diederichs's early retirement. Intended for both general and scholarly readers, the book fills a gap in German naval history prior to the emergence of Tirpitz and his policies that led Germany into World War I.

Northern Mariner, July 2003
" The author has deftly captured a bygone era by reviving a man who has stood too long in the shadows."

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