The American Military

A Concise History
 
 
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 2. Juli 2018
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  • 152 Seiten
 
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Since the first English settlers landed at Jamestown with the legacy of centuries of European warfare in tow, the military has been an omnipresent part of America. In The American Military: A Concise History, Joseph T. Glatthaar explores this relationship from its origins in the thirteen colonies to today's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. During the Revolutionary War, tension grew between local militias and a standing army. The Founding Fathers attempted to strike a balance, enshrining an army, navy, and a "well-regulated Militia" in the Constitution. The US soon witnessed the rise of a professional military, a boon to its successes in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. However, after the Civil War, the US soon learned that the purpose of a peacetime army is to prepare for war. When war did arrive, it arrived with a vengeance, gutting the trenches of the Great War with effective innovations: tanks, planes, machine guns, and poison gas. The US embraced the technology that would win both world wars and change the nature of battle in the Second World War. The nuclear era brought encounters defined by stalemate--from the Cold War conflicts of Korea and Vietnam to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 9/11, the US has been frustrated by unconventional warfare, including terrorism and cyberwar, largely negating the technological advantage it had held. Glatthaar examines all these challenges, looking to the future of the U.S. military and its often proud and complicated legacy.
  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • USA
10 black-and-white illustrations
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978-0-19-069282-7 (9780190692827)
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Joseph T. Glatthaar is Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the author of eight books, including General Lee's Army: A History of the Army of Northern Virginia and Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers. He has received many awards, including the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for lifetime achievement from the Society for Military History. He is a past president of the Society for Military History.
Preface Introduction Chapter 1: Citizen Soldier vs. Standing Army Chapter 2: Struggle for Military Professionalism Chapter 3: Technology and Mechanization Chapter 4: The Limits of Power Conclusion Further Reading Index

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