The American Military Tradition: From Colonial Times to the Present / Edition 2

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Overview

In The American Military Tradition historians John M. Carroll and Colin F. Baxter gather an esteemed group of military historians to explore the pivotal issues and themes in American warfare from the Colonial era to the present conflict in Iraq. From the reliance on militia and the Minutemen of the American Revolution to the all-volunteer specialized troops of today, these twelve essays analyze the continuities and changes in the conduct of war over the past three centuries. In this completely revised second edition, new essays explore Napoleonic warfare, the American Civil War, the Plains Wars in the West, the War against Japan, the nuclear arms race, and the War on Terror. The book, while not avoiding the nature of battle, goes beyond tactics and strategy to include the enormous social and political impact of America's wars.

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Johnson City Press
An exciting, readable, and thought-provoking study.
Dennis Showalter
The twelve essays in this volume combine in a comprehensive, well-integrated and economically presented overview of America's military heritage from the colonial era to the present day. Analytical rather than narrative in approach, never shying from controversial issues, the work is admirably suited to undergraduate and graduate classes, and should appeal to general readers as well.
Dennis E. Showalter
The twelve essays in this volume combine in a comprehensive, well-integrated and economically presented overview of America's military heritage from the colonial era to the present day. Analytical rather than narrative in approach, never shying from controversial issues, the work is admirably suited to undergraduate and graduate classes, and should appeal to general readers as well.
Booknews
Eleven essays, intended to supplement standard textbooks for undergraduate courses in US military history, provide commentary and analysis concerning the evolution of America's military posture and a sampling of what commanders and common soldiers faced in combat in specific battles over two centuries of history. Sources and suggested readings accompany each article. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742544284
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/19/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Carroll is Regents' Professor of History at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Colin F. Baxter is chair of the Department of History at East Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
Chapter 2: Napoleonic Warfare
Chapter 3: The Wars of 1812 and 1846: The Leadership Factor
Chapter 4: The American Civil War, 1861ā€“1865
Chapter 5: Indian Wars of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1850sā€“1890s
Chapter 6: The Military Role of the United States in World War I
Chapter 7: The United States, World War II, and the Grand Alliance
Chapter 8: The Second World War: The War against Japan
Chapter 9: The Korean Conflict and the Cold War
Chapter 10: America in Vietnam
Chapter 11: Proliferation: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race
Chapter 12: Counterterrorism and the U.S. Military after 9/11
Afterword

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