The West Point Atlas of American Wars: Volume I 1689-1900

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Long considered an authoritative reference, this updated edition of the classic military atlas of World War I is available again for the first time in 10 years. It analyzes the development of military theory and practice from the prewar period of Bismarck's Prussia to the creation of the League of Nations. This new edition incorporates research undertaken since the book's initial publication. 84 color maps. Size D. 160 pp.

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Overview

Long considered an authoritative reference, this updated edition of the classic military atlas of World War I is available again for the first time in 10 years. It analyzes the development of military theory and practice from the prewar period of Bismarck's Prussia to the creation of the League of Nations. This new edition incorporates research undertaken since the book's initial publication. 84 color maps. Size D. 160 pp.

Out of print for nearly a decade, this newly revised and updated, definitive altas of American wars covers the every major conflict in which the United States participated from 1869 to 1900, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. "A work of tremendous importance . . . a brilliantly concise and lucid history of each war."--Boston Herald. 158 maps.

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Originally published in 1959 and unavailable for many years, this atlas has long been considered a classic. Prepared by distinguished members of the Department of Military Art and Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy, it has been used as an instructional tool at the academy. This new edition covers every military campaign from 1689 to 1900. During this period the Civil War was the major conflict; therefore, approximately 90 percent of the 158 maps are devoted to that war. As in the previous edition, all maps are in three or four colors; red signifies the enemy; blue, U.S. forces, and gray, topographic features. This new edition uses white paper instead of buff, which makes the topographical features stand out better. Approximately 41 errors noted by footnotes in the previous edition have been corrected. Most of these corrections concern names of people or places, but several show significant changes in troop movement and geographic features. For example, map 12c corrects the name "Pakenham", map 5a notes the correct location of Harlem Heights, and map 94 adds a railroad and corrects troop locations. As in the former edition, the format is uniform with text on left-hand pages and maps on the right, which makes for very little turning of pages to match text and map A comparison of the present and previous editions shows the text to be almost identical. The introduction, chronology of events of the Civil War, and table of symbols are all the same. The bibliography at the end of the volume has been totally revised and contains about 230 monographs. Many of the titles have publication dates in the 1990s and reflect the latest scholarship. The brief annotations accompanying many entries in the first edition have been eliminated in this one. There are a few minor criticisms. Occasionally, place-names are obscured by other material. For example, on map 4b the name "Lexington" is cut in half by a directional arrow. Also, sometimes the map scales are difficult to read because of the small numerals. It is odd that there is the subject heading "The Indian Wars" in the bibliography, but no materials listed on the Seminole War or on the numerous Indian campaigns after the Civil War The excellent design of this unique atlas facilitates use by scholars and the general public. Because it has been an extremely popular work, libraries may find their copy damaged by heavy use and will want to replace it. Those lacking copies should give serious consideration to acquiring one. Because this is a History Book Club featured selection, it may be in demand by history buffs.
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In his prefatory letter to the 1959 out-of-print first edition of this text for military personnel and historians, Dwight D. Eisenhower comments on the usefulness of studying prior campaigns in readiness for future ones. This edition updates this classic atlas, with numerous maps grounding its analysis of American involvement on all fronts in World War I<-->a war eclipsed in coverage by World War II and the Civil War. It also follows the development of military theory and practice from the prewar to League of Nations period. Includes a chronology of events, recommended reading list, but no index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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First published in 1959, this reference grew out of material from the military history course taught at the United States Military Academy, created to assist cadets in understanding the face of war. Unavailable for many years, it now appeals to readers in all walks of life who want to learn more about the topography, geography, and military experience of two centuries of American wars. This revised edition features campaigns of the Colonial and Revolutionary wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Spanish American War -- with maps and narration placed side by side in two-page spreads of each campaign, enabling readers to follow the course of a battle in detail without breaking the continuity. 13" x 10 1/2".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805033915
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 13.40 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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