Military History And The Military Profession

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This volume examines the state of the art in modern military history, and the utility of the subject as a training, educational, and policy-relevant tool for professional armed forces. Part 1 explores the state of military historical writing in Britain and the United States, and on specific topics, such as air warfare, naval warfare, intelligence, low-intensity conflict, and the most recent trends in the New Military History. Part 2 illustrates the utility of the historical method in analyzing command decisions, providing an institutional memory for a wide range of policy, command, and operational problems, and its application in specific subjects such as naval strategy, and by certain countries (the US, Germany, and the Soviet Union) in the search for lessons and fundamental principles. The contributing authors represent an impressive cross-section of prominent academic and official historians recognized as leading scholars in the study of military history. The Foreword is written by Anne N. Foreman, Undersecretary of the United States Air Force.

This book will be of interest to the academic and the official historian (and their students) and to military professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275940720
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/26/1992
  • Pages: 260
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID A. CHARTERS is Director of the Centre for Conflict Studies, University of New Brunswick.

MARC MILNER is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Military and Strategic Programme at the University of New Brunswick.

J. BRENT WILSON is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Studies, University of New Brunswick.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Military History: The State of the Field
1 American Military History: Clio and Mars as "Pards" 3
2 The Development of British Military Historical Writing and Thought from the Eighteenth Century to the Present 23
3 "Naked Truths for the Asking": Twentieth-Century Military Historians and the Battlefield Narrative 45
4 The Soldier and the Battle 57
5 Naval History: The State of the Art 73
6 Air War History: The State of the Art 91
7 Intelligence and Military History: A British Perspective 105
8 Low-Intensity Conflict: Its Place in the Study of War 121
9 The New Military History: Its Practitioners and Their Practices 131
Pt. II Military History and the Military Profession
10 Stress Lines and Gray Areas: The Utility of the Historical Method to the Military Profession 147
11 History as Institutional Memory: The Experience of the United States Air Force 159
12 The Search for Principles and Naval Strategy 169
13 The Utility of History to Modern Navies 183
14 Military History in the Federal Republic of Germany and the Bundeswehr 191
15 The Napoleonic Paradigm: The Myth of the Offensive in Soviet and Western Military Thought 211
Select Bibliography 229
Index 235
About the Contributors 241
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