A Companion to American Military History by James C. Bradford

By James C. Bradford

With greater than 60 essays , A significant other to American army historical past provides a complete research of the historiography of usa army historical past from the colonial period to the present.

  • Covers the total spectrum people heritage from the Indian and imperial conflicts of the 17th century to the battles in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Features an exceptional breadth of assurance from eminent army historians and rising students, together with little studied subject matters equivalent to the army and song, army ethics, care of the useless, and sports
  • Surveys and evaluates the simplest scholarship on each vital period and topic 
  • Summarizes present debates and identifies parts the place conflicting interpretations are wanting additional study

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In offering a major reconceptualization of the master narrative of North American military history, Anderson and Cayton positioned the genesis of the wars to spread America’s “Empire of Liberty” squarely in the colonial period. Colin Calloway, in The Scratch of a Pen (2006), rightly contends that the British victory in the Seven Year’s War – also known as “The Great War for Empire” – formalized in the 1763 Peace of Paris radically changed the course of American history. He argues that few wars have had a more profound and lasting impact on American history as the Seven Years’ War.

More fundamentally, American historians tend to view the military contest almost exclusively as a war to secure American independence from Britain, and therefore concentrate on its American aspects (Wallace 1951, Ward 1952, Peckham 1958, Alden 1969, Higginbotham 1971, Middlekauff 1982, Ferling, 2007). British historians, by contrast, are more inclined to emphasize that from 1778, when the French entered the war, it became much more than a struggle for America, and took on the character of a world war (Mackesy 1964; Conway 1995).

The status of American military history as an academic discipline has been surveyed regularly in books and professional journals over the last 50 years (Morton intro duction 3 1962; Mahon 1965; Millett 1970; Weigley 1975; Kaegi 1981; Kennedy 1989; Charters, Milner, and Wilson 1992; Coffman 1997; Black 2004, Moyar 2007), and most recently by academic historians in a Round Table (2007) in The Journal of American History, and in a collection of essays in the journal Academic Questions (Bunting 2008, Lynn 2008).

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