Explaining America's rise as a global military power challenges the methodologies of military history. This volume looks beyond the major conflicts covered elsewhere in the Library to explore the operational, conceptual, technological and cultural forces that shaped the United States military after the American Civil War. Individual articles reflect the wide range of topics and approaches that contribute to the growing understanding of the American military and its relationship with its parent society.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction. Part I Issues: The 'new' American military history: a map of the territory, explored and unexplored, Peter Karsten; Part II Military Operations: Wings and wheels: the 1st Aero Squadron, truck transport, and the punitive expedition of 1916, Roger Miller; A friend indeed? From Tobruk to El Alamein: the American contribution to victory in the desert, Andrew Buchanan; The quiet war: combat operations along the Korean demilitarized zone, 1966-69, Nicholas Evan Sarantakes; Disaster at desert one: catalyst for change, John E. Valliere; Military response to terrorism, Mark E. Kosnick. Part III Policy, Doctrine, and Decision Making: First lessons in modern war: Arthur Wagner, the 1898 Santiago campaign, and US army lesson-learning, T.R. Brereton; Evolution of the US navy's strategic assessments in the Pacific, 1919-31, William Braisted; George C. Marshall and the 1940 Louisiana maneuvers, Mary Kathryn Barbier; The all-volunteer army: fifteen years later, Curtis L Gilroy, Robert L. Phillips and John D. Blair; Civilian ideas and military innovation: manoeuver warfare and organisational change in the US army, Richard Lock-Pullan; Cutting, running, or otherwise? The US decision to withdraw from Somalia, Douglas E. Delaney. Part IV Science, Technology, and Industry: Fever and reform; The typhoid epidemic in the Spanish-American War, Vincent J. Cirillo; Science can never demobilize': the US navy and petroleum geology, 1898-1924, Peter A. Shulman; The rise and fall of brilliant pebbles, Donald R Baucom. Part V Cultural and Social Aspects: Licit amusements of enlisted men in the post-Civil War army, William A. Dobak; Prostitution and drugs: the United States army on the Mexican-American border, 1916-17, James Sandos; 'I like the cut of your jib': cultures of accommodation between the US navy and citizens of San Diego, CA, 1900-1951, Abraham J. Shragge; Social impact of military growth in St. Mary's County, MD, 1940-1995, Louis Hick