WCU professor’s book focuses on German cavalry

David R. Dorondo, associate professor in Western Carolina University’s Department of History, is author of the newly published book Riders of the Apocalypse: German Cavalry and Modern Warfare, 1870-1945.

In the 336-page work, Dorondo examines the history of the German cavalry and describes how the cavalry’s tradition carried on against a backdrop of rapid military industrialization.

Dorondo, a scholar of modern German military and political history, said the inspiration for his book was a modern European military history course that he teaches at WCU, combined with his lifelong affinity for horses. He grew up around horses in Savannah.

Dorondo also is the author of Bavaria and German Federalism: Reich to Republic, 1918-1933 and numerous articles and reviews.

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