Now in its third edition, American Military History examines how a country shaped by race, ethnicity, economy, regionalism, and power has been equally influenced by war and the struggle to define the role of a military in a free and democratic society.
Organized chronologically, the text begins at the point of European conflict with Native Americans and concludes with military affairs in the early 21st century, providing an important overview of the military’s role on an international, domestic, social, and symbolic level. The third edition is fully updated to reflect recent developments in military policy and the study of military history and war and society, thus providing students a foundational understanding of the American military experience.
This book will be of interest to students of American history and military history. It is designed to allow instructors flexibility in structuring a course.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The First American Way of War
Chapter 2 The Colonies and Wars for Empire
Chapter 3 Independence and the Birth of a National Military
Chapter 4 Challenges for a New Nation
Chapter 5 The Second War of Independence
Chapter 6 Agents of Empire
Chapter 7 Toward a Professional Military
Chapter 8 Civil War & Reconstruction
Chapter 9 Becoming a Modern Military
Chapter 10 "Over There"
Chapter 11 Learning and Preparing: The 1920s and 1930s
Chapter 12 World War II
Chapter 13 Post-War Reform and New Challenges
Chapter 14 Challenges of the Cold War
Chapter 15 Vietnam
Chapter 16 Reform and Adjustment for a Changing World
Chapter 17 Into the Twenty-First Century