Academic journal article Military Review

BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE: How America Ends Its Wars

Academic journal article Military Review

BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE: How America Ends Its Wars

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BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE: How America Ends Its Wars, Ed. Matthew Moten, Free Press, 2011, New York, 384 pages, $27.99.

Colonel Matthew Moten has assembled a dream team of military historians to examine war termination during key U.S. conflicts. Historian Roger Spiller begins the book with six propositions about the American way of ending war. The most interesting resembles plate tectonics and highlights how stress revises the original aims of presidents. Brian Linn's chapter on the McKinley era describes how a naïve plan to "fix" the Philippines morphed into a dirty fight against guerrillas, a too often ignored textbook example in counterinsurgency. Peter Maslowski and John Hall focus on U.S. military campaigns against Native Americans. Maslowski offers a comment made by a Chinese People's Liberation Army historian about the "300-year war against the Indians." Although the assembled American military historians did not accept this Chinese assertion, it may tellingly reflect the Chinese perspective on their on-going conflicts with the native inhabitants of their own country's western provinces. Hall perceptively noted that American officers were profoundly dissatisfied with "a thankless, inglorious brand of war" and longed to return to restoring conventional capabilities. …

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