A Handbook of American Military History: From the Revolutionary War to the Present

A Handbook of American Military History: From the Revolutionary War to the Present

A Handbook of American Military History: From the Revolutionary War to the Present

A Handbook of American Military History: From the Revolutionary War to the Present

Synopsis

The second edition of A Handbook of American Military History delineates the military history of the United States from the Revolutionary War into the opening stages of the twenty-first century war on terrorism. Comprehensive and easy to use, it supplies essential information on the social, technological, political, tactical, and strategic developments that have affected the evolution of the U. S. armed forces. New to the second edition is a chapter on U. S. military history from 1995 through 2004 and an index.

A Handbook of American Military History is the perfect reader's guide for the military history buff or anyone interested in a brief overview of American military history.

Excerpt

This work is concerned with the military history of the United States since the first stages of a revolt against the consequences of British colonial rule. It begins with otherwise unremarkable events which proved of seminal importance and reaches its climax with the end of the most defining historical process of recent decades—the Cold War. The Revolutionary War established enduring ideological parameters for the United States, but the closing years of twentieth century found the nation abandoning the verities of one age for the uncertainties of another, as it sought not to reorder its priorities but to determine their composition. This handbook is intended to serve a general public interested in American military history as well as students engaged in course work in that area. The various sections focus on the multiple facets of the regular American military establishment in peace and war and the various degrees between them. Although considerable efforts were undertaken in the interest of clarity, the work continues to presuppose some familiarity with the subject.

The handbook consists of seven chronological sections—each of which contains an introductory essay describing the dominant themes, a chronology of events, a summary of important military operations, selected biographic treatments, and a select annotated bibliography. The reader will also find a glossary of commonly used terms and acronyms. The seven sections exist somewhat independently of one another, in accord with the assumption the reader will ofttimes consult the work with a specific intention. This work is not designed to be read in the fashion of a monograph, although it may be used to supplement a general survey of the American military experience.

Chronology

The chronological section focuses on significant incidents, engagements and developments, and circumstances so unique as to otherwise warrant comment. Unless noted, a specific entry denotes the date when an institution or individual undertook a particular action, or an incident took place. Thus, an entry such as: [Congress creates a marine corps] indicates that the Second Continental Congress approved legislation establishing a corps . . .

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