Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940 by Brian McAllister Linn, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940

Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940

by Brian McAllister Linn
     
 

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In a comprehensive study of four decades of military policy, Brian McAllister Linn offers the first detailed history of the U.S. Army in Hawaii and the Philippines between 1902 and 1940. Most accounts focus on the months preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. By examining the years prior to the outbreak of war, Linn provides a new perspective on the complex

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In a comprehensive study of four decades of military policy, Brian McAllister Linn offers the first detailed history of the U.S. Army in Hawaii and the Philippines between 1902 and 1940. Most accounts focus on the months preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. By examining the years prior to the outbreak of war, Linn provides a new perspective on the complex evolution of events in the Pacific. Exhaustively researched, Guardians of Empire traces the development of U.S. defense policy in the region, concentrating on strategy, tactics, internal security, relations with local communities, and military technology.
Linn challenges earlier studies which argue that army officers either ignored or denigrated the Japanese threat and remained unprepared for war. He demonstrates instead that from 1907 onward military commanders in both Washington and the Pacific were vividly aware of the danger, that they developed a series of plans to avert it, and that they in fact identified—even if they could not solve—many of the problems that would become tragically apparent on 7 December 1941.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The definitive work on the interwar US Army in the western Pacific.

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Fills the void and adds depth and understanding to American military history, Philippine history, and the story of Hawaii.

Philippine Studies

A meticulously researched and well-written military history of a subject that has not been extensively explored.

American Historical Review

Superbly grounded in the sources, Linn offers thoroughly researched descriptions of the principal strategic and tactical issues.

Journal of Military History

A first-class piece of research.

War in History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807848159
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
Superbly grounded in the sources, Linn offers thoroughly researched descriptions of the principal strategic and tactical issues—including their naval dimensions—character sketches of the antagonists, and an enriched understanding of interwar army planning.—Journal of Military History

A brilliantly constructed narrative, Guardians of Empire is the definitive work on the U.S. Army in the Pacific from the Philippine wars to World War II and will be the standard for years to come.—History: Reviews of New Books

A first-class piece of research; it is what is professes to be - a survey and a pioneering work, which will remain in use in libraries, staff colleges, and universities, and on the shelves of military buffs, for years to come.—War in History

Brian Linn moves into the first rank of military historians with the publication of Guardians of Empire. There is no comparable study. The book details the systematic defects that precluded establishment of an effective defense in the Pacific during the first forty years of this century, helping to clarify the background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.—David F. Trask, Chief Historian Emeritus, U.S. Army Center of Military History

In this masterly study, Brian Linn develops the Army's experience to include social history as well as the evolution of strategic policy and tactical planning in the Philippines and Hawaii over the decades leading up to World War II. This fascinating book answers questions as to the difference between theories and realities, which was the foundation for the debacle in 1941 and 1942.—Edward M. Coffman, author of The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898

A meticulously researched and well-written military history of a subject that has not been extensively explored. . . . Linn conveys effectively a sense of how the army at various levels understood its political, social, and military obligations and how the soldiers attempted to solve, bury, or otherwise reconcile problems inherent in policing and defending large, populous, and distant territories."American Historical Review

Linn's study, based on painstaking and thorough research in many collections, has much to offer those interested in 'lessons learned' in the post-Cold War era.—Western Historical Quarterly

Deeply grounded in primary sources and engagingly written. . . . The definitive work on the interwar US Army in the western Pacific.—Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Pioneering. . . . Fills the void and adds depth and understanding to American military history, Philippine history, and the story of Hawaii.—Philippine Studies

In this magnificently researched study, Linn puts forth a compelling argument that, contrary to popular interpretation, the U.S. Army was not caught unaware by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines in 1941.—Choice

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Meet the Author

Brian McAllister Linn, who was born and raised in Hawaii, is associate professor of history at Texas A & M University. He is author of The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in the Philippine War, 1899-1902.

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