Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century

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From the first interactions between European and native peoples, to the recent peace-keeping efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, military issues have always played an important role in American history. Ways of War comprehensively explains the place of the military within the wider context of the history of the United States, showing its centrality to American culture and politics. The chapters provide a complete survey of the American military's growth and development while answering such questions as: How did the American military structure develop? How does it operate? And how have historical military events helped the country to grow and develop?

Features Include:

  • Chronological and comprehensive coverage of North American conflicts since the seventeenth century and international wars undertaken by the United States since 1783
  • Over 100 maps and images, chapter timelines identifying key dates and events, and text boxes throughout providing biographical information and first person accounts
  • A companion website featuring an extensive testbank of discussion, essay and multiple choice questions for instructors as well as student study resources including an interactive timeline, chapter summaries, annotated further reading, annotated weblinks, additional book content, flashcards and an extensive glossary of key terms.

Extensively illustrated and written by experienced instructors, Ways of War is essential reading for all students of American Military History.

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Editorial Reviews

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‘The data is accurate. The analysis is perceptive. The material is well organized. The text is crisply written. The maps and sidebars are illuminating.This is, in short, not merely a model course text, but a valuable general-audience survey of the American military experience.’ Dennis Showalter, Colorado College, US

‘Matthew Muehlbauer and David Ulbrich have raised the standard for American military history textbooks with their Ways of War.Featuring a lively narrative that synthesizes the latest scholarship, this volume will engage undergraduate readers on several levels while serving the pedagogical needs of their professors.I look forward to adopting Ways of War as the main textbook in my own United States at War course.’Gregory J. W. Urwin, Professor of History, Temple University, US

‘The authors wrote Ways of War for two related audiences. Undergraduate students of American Military History gain the base breadth of coverage and depth of detail necessary for them to go on into the specialized monographs and articles. Instructors are assured that the diligent and attentive student will have the context and bibliographic starting points that allows the instructor to examine specific topics, campaigns or battles, and provides enough introduction to support the assignment of substantive papers and research topics.’ Joseph Fitzharris, University of St Thomas, US

‘American Military History: From the Colonial Period to the Present offers a detailed yet expansive view of U.S. military history.The authors deftly survey America’s military past, exploring definitive wars and campaigns, but also issues of policy, strategy and leadership.This is a useful and informative text, especially for introductory college courses examining the broad sweep of American military history.’ Lesley J. Gordon, University of Akron, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415886772
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 853,829
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Muehlbauer is currently a Visiting Professor at Manhattan College, but has taught military history at schools including the United States Military Academy, Rutgers University, and Austin Peay State University.

David J. Ulbrich is Assistant Professor of History at Rogers State University. He is author of the award-winning Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Maps Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Early Colonization and Conflict, 1607-1689 2. Wars Imperial & Regional, 1689-1763 3. The American Revolution, 1763-83 4. Challenges in the Early Republic, 1783-1815 5. Expansion, 1815-1861 6. The American Civil War: Confederate Defiance, 1861-63 7. The American Civil War: Union Triumph, 1863-65 8. Transitions, 1865-1902 9. Early Twentieth Reforms and the Great War, 1902-1918 10. Transformations in the Interwar Years, 1918-1941 11. Mobilizing for the Second World War, 1941-1943 12. Winning the Second World War, 1943-1945 13. National Security in the Early Cold War, 1945-60 14. Confrontations in the Cold War, 1960-73 15. From Cold War to Pax Americana to Uncertainty, 1973-2012

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