Bronson Long, GHC associate professor, discusses German Saar in his newly published book

Bronson Long sits at his desk while he discusses his new book, "No Easy Occupation: French Control of the German Saar, 1944 - 1957." Photo by Taylor Barton

Bronson Long sits at his desk while he discusses his new book, “No Easy Occupation: French Control of the German Saar, 1944 – 1957.” Photo by Taylor Barton

Students may have seen Bronson Long around Floyd’s campus or have taken one of his classes, but not everyone knows that he has recently published a book.

Long is an associate professor of history as well as the director of global initiatives and study abroad.

His new book, “No Easy Occupation: French Control of the German Saar, 1944-1957,” is an academically rich text about the German Saar, a small territory that France and Germany spent many years fighting over for its resources.

While reading through German newspapers, Long kept coming across references to the German Saar. He had not anticipated writing his dissertation and a book on the subject, but he became fascinated when he found so little information about the German Saar.

“Historians are always looking for something new that slipped through the cracks,” said Long.

Most of the sources for the book came from French and German archives.

Throughout his life, Long has visited and lived in both France and Germany. As the director of global initiatives and study abroad, he manages international trips and study abroad programs to give Georgia Highlands’ students the opportunity to travel to other countries.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Renva Watterson is very proud of Long and his accomplishments. “The overall message we want to get out is that we’re very happy that Dr. Long is here and brings his knowledge and excellence to Highlands College,” she said.