Written by leading historians and political scientists, this collection of essays offers a broad and comprehensive coverage of the role of war in American history.
Addressing the role of the armed force, and attitudes towards it, in shaping and defining the United States, the first four chapters reflect the perspectives of historians on this central question, from the time of the American Revolution to the US wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Chapters five and six offer the views of political scientists on the topic, one in light of the global systems theory, the other from the perspective of domestic opinion and governance. The concluding essay is written by historians Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton, whose co-authored book The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 provided the common reading for the symposium which produced these essays.
America, War and Power will be of much interest to students and scholars of US military history, US politics and military history and strategy in general.
Introduction A. James Fuller Perspectives on American Power and Empire 1. Jeremy Black Defining a New Empire: the New Power Takes Shape, 1775-1815 2. Robert E. May The United States as Rogue State: Gunboat Persuasion, Citizen Marauders, and the Limits of Antebellum American Imperialism 3. Carol Reardon Billy Yank and Johnny Reb Take on the World: Civil War Veterans’ Views of War, Liberty, and Empire 4. Edward O. Frantz Defining Eisenhower’s America: War, Power, and Race Relations, 1941-1961 5. R. William Ayres Cold War Perceptions and the American Experience of War 6. Chester Pach From Vietnam to Iraq: The First Television War and Its Legacies 7. William R. Thompson Global War and the Foundations of US Systemic Leadership 8. Steven W. Hook Domestic Challenges to American Hegemony 9. Lawrence Sondhaus Soft Power, Hard Power, and the Pax Americana
This new series of books marks a new publishing initiative in military history and politics. Covering history over the last millennium, the series will publish cutting-edge scholarly works within the fields of military and political history. Here, military history is taken to include not only operational histories but also the wider social, cultural, economic and political contexts of conflict. Similarly, political history is seen as not only a matter of politicians, political parties and elections but also in terms of the wider resonances of political commitment, activity and thought. The geographical coverage of the series will be global and proposals on topics beyond Anglo-American history and politics will be encouraged.