Soldiers and Scholars: The U. S. Army and the Uses of Military History, 1865-1920 / Edition 1

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"An original and important study that breaks new ground in the fields of military history and historiography."—George C. Herring, University of Kentucky, author of America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975

"A sophisticated work that addresses problems in military education that are far from being resolved today. It is at once an intellectual history of the U.S. Army at a most interesting time in its evolution and an illuminating commentary on the ways that an army can utilize history. Civil War buffs will be especially pleased by Reardon's analysis of the Army's study of the Civil War during this period."—Jay Luvaas, Army War College, author of The Military Legacy of the Civil War

"An excellent and original study of the development of American military thought and literature in the era before World War I."—Timothy K. Nenninger, National Archives, author of The Leavenworth Schools and the Old Army

Author Biography: Carol Reardon is assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia. She has been associate editor for the Henry Clay Papers project at the University of Kentucky and assistant editor of the journal Diplomatic History.

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On the use and abuse of military history. Reardon (history, U. of Georgia) traces the army's struggle, from the end of the Civil War through the Progressive Era, to claim intellectual authority over the study of war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611126
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,342,966
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1 Introduction 1
2 Military History: "The Foundation of Our Art, the Basis of Our Profession" 9
Part 1. Military History and Officer Education 33
3 Military History and the School of "Safe Leadership" 35
4 Civil War Battlefields: Open-Air Classrooms for Military History 50
5 A Model and a Muddle: Two Historical Research Programs, 1908-1917 67
Part 2. Military History and an American Literature on the Art of War 87
6 The Pen Rivals the Sword: Writing about the American Way of War 89
7 American Campaigns: The U.S. Army's First Military History Textbook 109
8 A First Attempt at Official History 125
Part 3. The Soldiers Versus the Scholars 145
9 The Roots of Interprofessional Tensions 147
10 Exercises in Frustration; Two AHA Committees for Military and Naval History 164
11 A Pyrrhic Victory: The U.S. Army's Historical Section, 1914-1920 182
12 Epilogue: "Thank God for Leavenworth" 201
Notes 215
Selected Bibliography 255
Index 265
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