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Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say I am strong.-Joel 3:10

Beating Plowshares into Swords inaugurates an extraordinarily ambitious effort by Paul Koistinen to compose a comprehensive and wide-ranging study on the economics of American warfare from the colonial period to the present. When completed, this multi-volume project will stand as the definitive work on a complex subject that until now has been superficially treated or completely ignored.

Koistinen focuses not upon battlefields and battles but upon the means used to make and sustain the armies and navies that have fought in such horrific arenas. Drawing upon a vast array of sources in a number of diverse fields, he analyzes how America has mobilized itself for the conduct of war. He argues that to fully understand that process we must closely examine the complex interrelations among economic, political, and military institutions within the context of relentless modernization and technological innovation.

In this first volume, Koistinen describes how an undeveloped "preindustrial" economy forced Americans to fight defensive wars of attrition like the Revolution and the War of 1812. By the time of the Mexican War, however, a gradually maturing economy allowed the U.S. to use a much more offensive-minded strategy to achieve its goals. The book concludes with an exhaustive examination of the Civil War, a conflict that both anticipated and differed from the total wars of the industrialized era. Koistinen demonstrates that the North relied upon its enormous economic might to overwhelm the Confederacy through a strategy of annihilation, while the South bungled its own strategy of attrition by failing to mobilize effectively a much less-developed economy.

With this and subsequent volumes, Koistinen's sweeping synthesis provides a panoramic view that enlarges and in significant ways alters our vision of the turbulent relationship between war and society in America.

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Koistinen (history, California State U.) studies the economics of American warfare during the period, part of a series examining the US warfare from colonial times to the present. He focuses on the means used to make and sustain armies and navies, analyzing the complex interactions among economic, political, and military institutions within the context of modernization and technological innovation, and describes economic forces leading to the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. For history scholars.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Koistinen describes how an undeveloped "preindustrial" economy forced Americans to fight defensive wars of attrition like the Revolution and the War of 1812. By the time of the Mexican War, however, a gradually maturing economy allowed the United States to use a much more offensive-minded strategy to achieve its goals. The book concludes with an exhaustive examination of the Civil War, a conflict that both anticipated and differed from the total wars of the industrialized era. Koistinen demonstrates that the North relied upon its enormous economic might to overwhelm the Confederacy through a strategy of annihilation while the South bungled its own strategy of attrition by failing to mobilize effectively a much less developed economy.

Synopsis:

"Koistinen's ambitious, dating, and provocative work is unique to the literature and advances our understanding of the relationship between war, the military, and society to a new level. Historians for years to come will be grateful for his work". — Richard h. Kohn, author of Eagle and Sword: The Beginnings of the Military establishment in America. "Koistinen blends incisive description and perceptive analysis in the first of a projected five-volume study that will likely become a classic". — Edward M. Coffman, author of The War to End All Wars.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-356) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Political Economy of Warfare in America

Part One—Economic Mobilization for War: The Preindustrial Stage

2. The American Revolution

3. The Political Economy of Warfare: 1790-1815

Part Two—Economic Mobilization for War: The Transitional State

4. The Political Economy of Warfare: 1815-1860

5. Economic Mobilization in the North

6. Union War and Navy Departments

7. Union Civilian Organization

8. Economic Mobilization in the South

9. Confederate War and Navy Departments

10. Confederate Civilian Organization

Epilogue

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700607914
Author:
Koistinen, Paul A. C.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Location:
Lawrence, Kan. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
War
Subject:
United States Defenses History.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
War -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies Hardcover
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.33x6.37x1.50 in. 1.72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Koistinen describes how an undeveloped "preindustrial" economy forced Americans to fight defensive wars of attrition like the Revolution and the War of 1812. By the time of the Mexican War, however, a gradually maturing economy allowed the United States to use a much more offensive-minded strategy to achieve its goals. The book concludes with an exhaustive examination of the Civil War, a conflict that both anticipated and differed from the total wars of the industrialized era. Koistinen demonstrates that the North relied upon its enormous economic might to overwhelm the Confederacy through a strategy of annihilation while the South bungled its own strategy of attrition by failing to mobilize effectively a much less developed economy.
"Synopsis" by , "Koistinen's ambitious, dating, and provocative work is unique to the literature and advances our understanding of the relationship between war, the military, and society to a new level. Historians for years to come will be grateful for his work". — Richard h. Kohn, author of Eagle and Sword: The Beginnings of the Military establishment in America. "Koistinen blends incisive description and perceptive analysis in the first of a projected five-volume study that will likely become a classic". — Edward M. Coffman, author of The War to End All Wars.
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