General Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography

General Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography

General Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography

General Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

One of the most controversial figures in American history is the subject of this first comprehensive assessment and survey of all the writings by and about General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. A short biographical essay and chronology set the stage for the historiographical critique, which is organized topically and into different time periods and cross-referenced to the annotated bibliography of 759 published and unpublished sources of all kinds. The guide describes archival collections and research facilities; points to conflicting interpretations about the role of General MacArthur in World War II, in the occupation of Japan, in the Korean War, and in the sensational recall from his position as Far Eastern Commander in 1951; and suggests areas for further research. This easy-to-use guide for readers at all levels who are interested in critical moments in 20th-century world history, is timed also for World War II commemorations.

Excerpt

The Greeks at Thermopylae, the Crusades, the Armada campaign, Trafalgar, Verdun, Gettysburg, El Alamein, Pork Chop Hill, Khe Sahn, the Falklands, and "Desert Storm" are only a few of the many campaigns and battles, large and small, which have been fought down through the ages. Of course, each of these operations had leaders ranging in quality from Leonidas at Thermopylae to the group think of Vietnam and all featured diverse strategy, tactics, and weaponry. It appears to be mankind's unhappy lot that war has been and apparently will for sometime continue to be a growth industry, despite centuries of horror-filled record-keeping and preventative lessons available for the learning. With only a few exceptions, monographic bibliographies of individual battles and leaders (our series title admittedly, is borrowed from the famous American Civil War history), campaigns and weapons have not been compiled previously. Contributors to this series while thus breaking new ground have also constructed works suitable for wide general audiences. These tools may profitably by employed at every level from high school through graduate university and by the casual researcher/buff as well as the dedicated scholar.

Each volume begins with a narrative overview of the topic designed to place its subject within the context of specific wars, societies, and times; this introduction evaluates the significance of the leader, battle, or technology under study. Each work points to key archival and document collections as well as printed primary and secondary sources. Citations are numbered, allowing easy access via the index(es). Individual volumes may present discussion of their citations in styles ranging from bibliographical essays to individually annotated entries and some titles provide chronologies and suitable appendix(es).

It is my hope as editor that these bibliographies of battles and leaders will enable broad audiences to select and work with the best items available within literature and to benefit from the wisdom of some of today's leading military scholars.

Myron J. Smith, Jr., Series Adviser Tusculum College Greeneville, Tennessee . . .

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