In The American Military Tradition historians John M. Carroll and Colin F. Baxter gather an esteemed group of military historians to explore the pivotal issues and themes in American warfare from the Colonial era to the present conflict in Iraq. From the reliance on militia and the Minutemen of the American Revolution to the all-volunteer specialized troops of today, these twelve essays analyze the continuities and changes in the conduct of war over the past three centuries. In this completely revised second edition, new essays explore Napoleonic warfare, the American Civil War, the Plains Wars in the West, the War against Japan, the nuclear arms race, and the War on Terror. The book, while not avoiding the nature of battle, goes beyond tactics and strategy to include the enormous social and political impact of America's wars.
John M. Carroll is Regents' Professor of History at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Colin F. Baxter is chair of the Department of History at East Tennessee State University.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Colonial Wars and the American Revolution Chapter 2: Napoleonic Warfare Chapter 3: The Wars of 1812 and 1846: The Leadership Factor Chapter 4: The American Civil War, 1861-1865 Chapter 5: Indian Wars of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1850s-1890s Chapter 6: The Military Role of the United States in World War I Chapter 7: The United States, World War II, and the Grand Alliance Chapter 8: The Second World War: The War against Japan Chapter 9: The Korean Conflict and the Cold War Chapter 10: America in Vietnam Chapter 11: Proliferation: The United States and the Nuclear Arms Race Chapter 12: Counterterrorism and the U.S. Military after 9/11 Afterword