The Mexican War, 1846-1848

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"Much has been written about the Mexican war, but this . . . is the best military history of that conflict. . . . Leading personalities, civilian and military, Mexican and American, are given incisive and fair evaluations. The coming of war is seen as unavoidable, given American expansion and Mexican resistance to loss of territory, compounded by the fact that neither side understood the other. The events that led to war are described with reference to military strengths and weaknesses, and every military campaign and engagement is explained in
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Overview

"Much has been written about the Mexican war, but this . . . is the best military history of that conflict. . . . Leading personalities, civilian and military, Mexican and American, are given incisive and fair evaluations. The coming of war is seen as unavoidable, given American expansion and Mexican resistance to loss of territory, compounded by the fact that neither side understood the other. The events that led to war are described with reference to military strengths and weaknesses, and every military campaign and engagement is explained in clear detail and illustrated with good maps. . . . Problems of large numbers of untrained volunteers, discipline and desertion, logistics, diseases and sanitation, relations with Mexican civilians in occupied territory, and Mexican guerrilla operations are all explained, as are the negotiations which led to war's end and the Mexican cession. . . . This is an outstanding contribution to military history and a model of writing which will be admired and emulated."-Journal of American History. K. Jack Bauer was also the author of Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest 1985 and Other Works. Robert W. Johannsen, who introduces this Bison Books edition of The Mexican War, is a professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the author of To the Halls of Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination 1985.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803261075
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 486
  • Sales rank: 494,757
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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K. Jack Bauer was also the author of Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest (1985) and Other Works. Robert W. Johannsen, who introduces this Bison Books edition of The Mexican War, is a professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the author of To the Halls of Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination (1985).
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Standard Abbreviations Used in Notes
Introduction to the Bison Book Edition
Errata
Preface
1 Imperial America 1
2 The Failure of Graduated Pressure 16
3 Taylor in Texas 32
4 The Roar of Guns Along the Rio Grande 46
5 The Declaration of War 66
6 The Monterrey Campaign 81
7 The Naval War in the Gulf of Mexico, 1846 106
8 The Army of the West 127
9 The Chihuahua Expeditions 145
10 California Conquest 164
11 California Lost and Regained 183
12 The War in the North after Monterrey 201
13 The Veracruz Expedition 232
14 Into the Valley of Mexico 259
15 On to Mexico City 279
16 The Fall of Mexico City 306
17 Mexico Occupied 326
18 Politics and Mr. Polk's War 358
19 Peace at Last 378
Epilogue 392
Bibliography 400
Index 439
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