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By Lawrence Sondhaus, A. James Fuller

ISBN-10: 0203089073

ISBN-13: 9780203089071

ISBN-10: 0415772141

ISBN-13: 9780415772143

Written through prime historians and political scientists, this choice of essays deals a large and finished insurance of the function of warfare in American historical past. Addressing the function of the armed strength, and attitudes in the direction of it, in shaping and defining the U.S., the 1st 4 chapters mirror the views of historians in this important query, from the time of the yank Revolution to the united states wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Chapters 5 and 6 supply the perspectives of political scientists at the subject, one in gentle of the worldwide platforms thought, the opposite from the point of view of family opinion and governance. The concluding essay is written via historians Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton, whose co-authored ebook the kingdom of warfare: Empire and Liberty in North the US, 1500-2000 supplied the typical examining for the symposium which produced those essays. the USA, warfare and gear may be of a lot curiosity to scholars and students folks army background, US politics and armed forces heritage and process in most cases.

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In the mere six decades from the ratification of the US Constitution to the enormous land cession from Mexico in the 1848 treaty ending the US–Mexican War, the nation had grown from about 890,000 square miles to some 2,997,000 square miles. Furthermore, American armed forces, a high percentage of them volunteer amateurs, had just defeated a Mexican army that many astute European military observers considered superior to the American establishment. What new territory might the nation acquire in the decades ahead?

It was widely assumed that the British could be beaten. Henry Clay, the Speaker of the House (and a Kentuckian), declared in 1812 that the Kentucky militia alone could conquer Montréal and Upper Canada. Jefferson hoped to drive the British from North America: Québec was to be taken in 1812 and Halifax in 1813. Political issues can be set in a wider context. Whereas, from 1760 until 1775, there had been no effective rivalry among the European powers in North America, the situation had changed thereafter because the Americans failed to expel the British from Canada.

This meant that it was possible for Britain to put maritime pressure on America, not least by mounting a blockade. In contrast, because warships of any size could not pass the St. Lawrence rapids from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes, the British were unable to send their ocean-going fleet there. Although Canada provided the Americans with a clear strategic goal to permit the pursuit of imperial schemes, the Americans were unable to devise an effective means to obtain this goal. The size of Canada helped to make strategic planning difficult, as did the nature of contemporary communications, command and control, as well as relationships between individual commanders.

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