Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Cathal Nolan

photo of Cathal Nolan

Cathal J. Nolan is Professor of History and Director of the International History Institute at Boston University. Born in Ireland but growing up in Canada, he emigrated to the United States in 1995. He is a multiple award-winning teacher who offers courses on the History of War, WWI and WWII, and War in Literature and Film. His book The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars are Won and Lost (Oxford UP), received the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History as “the best book on military history in the English-speaking world distinguished by its scholarship, contribution to the literature, and appeal to both a general and an academic audience.” His prior books include a two-volume History of World War II; a two-volume study of The Age of the Wars of Religion, and a history of the Wars of the Age of Louis XIV. He consults on military history to the PBS series NOVA. He is currently writing Decency: Mercy and Morality in Wartime (Oxford UP, 2021). He also writes military fiction under the pen name Kali Altsoba.

What Our Travelers Say

I very much like the educational aspect of Smithsonian Journeys...the knowledge of their Experts and their ability to relate that knowledge to us. 

- Ellen V.

Upcoming Tours


9 days | Starting at: $4,790
May 21, 2022 - May 29, 2022

A One-Week Stay in France
Tour Details ››