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Through more than 60 scholarly essays, A Companion to American Military History presents a comprehensive analysis of the historiography of United States military events and experiences from the colonial era to the present. Including contributions from both eminent military historians and emerging scholars, the essays address every American war from the Indian and imperial conflicts of the seventeenth century to the current battles in Afghanistan and Iraq. All branches of the armed services are covered, including the Continental and Confederate States of America armies, navies, and marine corps, the Coast Guard, militia, National Guard, and reserve forces.

Also addressed are America's military operations short of declared war in Latin America and Asia; military occupations following the Civil War and World War II; the domestic use of armed services; military subspecialties and institutions; alliances, coalitions, and assistance missions; and many others. Especially noteworthy is the inclusion of essays focusing on under-studied topics, such as the military use of photography and music, roles of veterans groups, care for the dead, the military and sports, and issues of war and memory.

Reflecting the vigorous state of contemporary scholarship, A Companion to American Military History reveals the full breadth of military influences and experiences that have helped shape the character and culture of American society.

Book News Annotation:

This two-volume encyclopedic work, edited by Bradford (history, Texas A&M U.), surveys the published scholarship on American military history. The 67 included essays present basic information on their chosen topics, assess the evolution of the historiography of the field, and identify major areas of interpretive discussion. The first volume contains articles on the major wars of American history and on the country's military organizations, including the Continental Army and Confederate armed forces during the Civil War. The second volume begins with a section on foreign military operations short of declared war that includes articles on post World-War II occupations, military interventions around the world, and alliances and coalitions in US history. A section on "Homeland Security" addresses responses to insurrections and civil disorders, coastal and air defenses, and the military's involvement in post-Civil War Reconstruction. Military specialties is the theme of the next section, which includes chapters on intelligence, military chaplains, communications, order and discipline, covert warfare and special operations, war planning, military justice, photography, and music. The final section deals with the relationship of the military to American society and culture and includes chapters on civil-military relations, women and minorities in the military, the military-industrial complex, military ethics, the military and sports, American veterans' movements, and care for the military dead. Each essay includes significant bibliographic material. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With more than 60 essays, A Companion to American Military History presents a comprehensive analysis of the historiography of United States military history from the colonial era to the present.
  • Covers the entire spectrum of US history from the Indian and imperial conflicts of the seventeenth century to the battles in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Features an unprecedented breadth of coverage from eminent military historians and emerging scholars, including little studied topics such as the military and music, military ethics, care of the dead, and sports
  • Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic 
  • Summarizes current debates and identifies areas where conflicting interpretations are in need of further study

About the Author

James C. Bradford is Associate Professor of History at Texas A & M University. He is the editor of nearly a dozen volumes, including the Atlas of American Military History (2003) and The International Encyclopedia of Military History (2006). He is also currently President of the North American Society for Oceanic History.

Table of Contents

Volume 1.

Introduction.

About the Contributors.

Part I: Wars.

1. Warfare during the Colonial Era, 1607-1765 (John Greiner).

2. War of American Independence, 1775-1783 (Stephen R Conway).

3. Foreign Wars of the Early Republic, 1798-1816 (Gene Allen Smith).

4. Indian Wars in the East, 1783-1859 (Roger L. Nichols).

5. The Texas War for Independence and War with Mexico (Thomas W. Cutrer).

6. The Civil War, 1861-1865 (Brian Holden Reid).

7. Indian Wars of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1862-1890 (Robert Wooster).

8. The Spanish-American and Philippine Wars, 1898-1902 (Graham A. Cosmas).

9. The United States in the Great War, 1917-1918 (Aaron Anderson and Michael Neiberg).

10. World War II in the Atlantic, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Europe (Harold R.Winton).

11. World War II in Asia and Pacific (John Wukovits).

12. The Korean War (James I. Matray).

13. The Vietnam War (Ron Milam).

14. The Cold War (Elizabeth Lutes Hillman).

15. The Gulf Wars against Iraq (John R. Ballard).

16. Global War on Terrorism (Hall Gardner).

Part II: The Armed Forces.

17. The Continental Army (Charles P. Neimeyer).

18. The Navies and Marines of the American Revolution (Frank C. Mevers).

19. The U.S. Army to 1900 (Samuel J. Watson).

20. The U.S. Army since 1900 (Ronald L. Spiller).

21. The U.S. Navy, 1794-1860: Men, Ships and Governance (Christopher McKee).

22. The U.S. Navy, 1860-1920 (Kurt H. Hackemer).

23. The U.S. Navy since 1920 (David F. Winkler).

24. The U.S. Marine Corps (Jon Hoffman).

25. The U.S. Coast Guard and Its Predecessor Agencies (C. Douglas Kroll).

26. The U.S. Air Force (John W. Huston).

27. The Confederate Army (Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.).

28. The Confederate Navy and Marine Corps (Mike E. Krivdo).

29. The Citizen Soldier in America: Militia, National Guard and Reserves (James C. Bradford).

30. Defense Unification, Joint Commands, and Joint Operations (Leo Hirrell).

31. Mercenaries, Private Military Contractors, and Non-Traditional Forces (Jonathan Phillips).

Volume 2.

Introduction.

Part III: Foreign Military Operations Short of Declared War.

32. Forging and Defending a Maritime Empire, 1816-1895 (John H. Schroeder).

33. Interventions in Central America and the Caribbean, 1900-1930 (Anne Cipriano Venson).

34. Military Interventions in Asia, 1899-1927 (Stephen K. Stein).

35. The Occupation of Germany, Austria, Trieste, Japan, Okinawa, and Korea (James Jay Carafano).

36. Military Operations in Latin America, 1961-2001 (Lawrence Yates).

37. Military Interventions Short of War in the Post 1975 Era (James Meernik).

38. Military Alliances and Coalitions (T. Michael Ruddy).

40. Attachés, MAAGs, and MACs (Brian Tyrone Crumley).

Part IV: Homeland Security.

41. Early American Insurrections (William Hogeland).

42. The Military and Reconstruction, 1862-1877 (Margaret M. Storey).

43. The Military, Civil Disorder, and Natural Disasters, 1877-2007 (Charles A. Byler, Jr.).

44. Coastal Defenses (Dale E. Floyd).

45. Air Defense (Edward B. Westermann).

Part V: Military Specialities.

46. Military Intelligence (David F. Trask).

47. Military Education and Training (Jennifer L. Speelman).

48. U.S. Military Chaplains (John W. Brinsfield, Tierian Cash, and Thomas Malek-Jones).

49. Military Communications (Jonathan Reed Winkler).

50. Military Order and Discipline (Benjamin R. Beede).

51. Covert Warfare and Special Operations Forces (Bob Seals).

52. U. S. War Planning (Donald Chisholm).

53. Military Justice (Mark Weitz).

54. Photography and the U.S. Military (Frank J. Wetta).

55. Music in the Military (Edward H. McKinley).

Part VI: The Military, American Society and Culture.

56. The American Way of War (Antulio J. Echevarria II).

57. Civil-Military Relations (Charles A. Stevenson).

58. Women in the American Military (D'Ann Campbell).

59. Minorities in the Military (Thomas A. Bruscino, Jr.).

60. Medals and Decorations (David T. Zabecki).

61. The Military, the Cinema, and Television (Joseph G. Dawson III).

62. The Military, the News Media, and Censorship (Edward L. Walraven).

63. The Military-Industrial Complex (Benjamin Franklin Cooling).

64. The Military, War, and Memory (G. Kurt Piehler).

65. American Military Ethics (Thomas B. Grassey).

66. The Military and Sports (Wanda Ellen Wakefield).

67. American Veterans Movements (William Pencak).

68. Care for the Military Dead (Constance Potter and John Deeben).

Index to Both Volumes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405161497
Author:
Bradford, James C.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
United States History, Military.
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
American military, American military history, military history, US wars, Army, Navy, Marines, Airforce, war, U. S. Military, U.S. Military History, armed forces
Subject:
Military history
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Subject:
American military, A
Subject:
merican military history, military history, US wars, Army, Navy, Marines, Airforce, war, U. S. Military, U.S. Military History, armed forces
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL eMRW (including BRO)
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History
Series Volume:
43
Publication Date:
20091103
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
1136
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 81 oz

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"Synopsis" by , With more than 60 essays, A Companion to American Military History presents a comprehensive analysis of the historiography of United States military history from the colonial era to the present.
  • Covers the entire spectrum of US history from the Indian and imperial conflicts of the seventeenth century to the battles in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Features an unprecedented breadth of coverage from eminent military historians and emerging scholars, including little studied topics such as the military and music, military ethics, care of the dead, and sports
  • Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic 
  • Summarizes current debates and identifies areas where conflicting interpretations are in need of further study
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