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

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

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Overview

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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807863015
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 4 MB

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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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Guardians Arrive 5
2 The Savage Wars of Peace 23
3 The Pacific Army 51
4 The Dilemmas of Pacific Defense 79
5 The Pacific Army and the Community 115
6 Manpower and Internal Security 145
7 Orange to Rainbow, 1919-1940 165
8 The Pacific Army in the 1920s 185
9 Army Aviation and Pacific Defense 203
10 The Last Years of the Pacific Army 219
Conclusion 247
App U.S. Army Manpower, 1902-1941 253
Notes 255
Bibliography 307
Index 335
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