The American Military Tradition: From Colonial Times to the Present

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John Martin Carroll, Colin F. Baxter
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - History - 334 pages
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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Contents

The Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
1
Napoleonic Warfare
35
The Wars of 1812 and 1846 The Leadership Factor
53
The American Civil War 18611865
77
Indian Wars of the TransMississippi West 1850s1890s
101
The Military Role of the United States in World War I
127
The United States World War II and the Grand Alliance
151
The Second World War The War against Japan
183
The Korean Conflict and the Cold War
213
America in Vietnam
245
Proliferation The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race
267
Counterterrorism and the US Military after 911
289
Afterword
309
Index
317
About the Editors and Contributors
331
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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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