War is part of American history. This book examines how military technology both molded and reflected interactions between American military institutions and other American institutions. The growth of engineering and science has reshaped military technology, organization, and practice from the Colonial era to the present day. At the same time, military concerns influenced, and and sometimes channeled, American engineering and scientific development. American Military Technology chronicles the interactions of technology and science with America's armed forces from colonial times to the end of the 20th century. Each period of the nation's history brought new and influential changes to the interaction of the military and technology. The book is an excellent springboard for understanding the complex relationship of science, technology, and war in American history.
Barton C. Hacker is curator of Military History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. He is a recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the Society for the History of Technology and of several writing prizes. He has curated major exhibits on Submarines in the Cold War and West Point in the Making of America. His publications include books on the history of Project Gemini, radiation safety in nuclear weapons testing, and world military institutions, as well as many articles and book reviews on a wide range of topics in the history of military technology. Margaret Vining is Curatorial Specialist in Military History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She is also Secretary-General of the U.S. Commission on Military History. She has curated or co-curated major exhibits on the G.I. in World War II, Submarines in the Cold War, and West Point in the Making of America, as well as smaller exhibits on the G.I. Bill, the buffalo soldiers in the West, and navy women in World War I. Her publications include a book on West Point plus articles and reviews on military uniforms and women's military history.
Introduction Before Industrialization: Through the Early 19th Century Transition to the Industrial Age: Mid-19th Century Military-Technological Revolution: Late 19th Century The Naval-Technological Revolution and the Rise of Navalism: Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries Catastrophe of Industrial War, 1914-1918 From War to War, 1919-1941 Climax of Mechanization, 1942-1945 Military Research Institutionalized, 1945-1951 Strategic Technologies Ascendant, 1952-1965 The Impact of Vietnam, 1965-1980 A New Era in Warfare? 1980-2000 Selected Readings
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