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The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

1865 to the Present

Edited by Christos Frentzos, Antonio S. Thompson

Routledge – 2013 – 416 pages

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    978-0-415-88847-9
    June 21st 2013

Description

The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Military and Diplomatic History provides a comprehensive analysis of the major events, conflicts, and personalities that have defined and shaped the military history of the United States in the modern period. Each chapter begins with a brief introductory essay that provides context for the topical essays that follow by providing a concise narrative of the period, highlighting some of the scholarly debates and interpretive schools of thought as well as the current state of the academic field. Starting after the Civil War, the chapters chronicle America's rise toward empire, first at home and then overseas, culminating in September 11, 2001 and the War on Terror.

With authoritative and vividly written chapters by both leading scholars and new talent, maps and illustrations, and lists of further readings, this state-of-the-field handbook will be a go-to reference for every American history scholar's bookshelf.

Reviews

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History is clear, up-to-date, wideranging and interesting. The melding of military and diplomatic history works very well and the book deserves widespread attention.

– Jeremy Black, author of Introduction to Global Military History

This excellent, well-edited volume combines clearly told narratives of U.S. foreign and military policies, from the post-Civil-War era to the 21st-century invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, with informed discussions of the evolving scholarship through which informed Americans viewed the 150 years when they moved from conquering a continent to trying to reshape large parts of the world. It deserves a wide audience ranging from students and general readers, just beginning serious study of these policies, to advanced graduate students and faculty who debate, sometimes heatedly, the changing contexts and interpretations of those historic policies.

– Walter LaFeber, author of The American Age: U.S. Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad

Contents

Section I; American Expansionism and Imperialism: 1865-1914

Chapter 1: Westward Expansion and the Beginnings of America's Overseas Empire: 1865-1898

1. Conquering the Western Frontier: The US Government's Reservation Policy and Legacy of Wounded Knee

2. US Overseas Expansion in the post-Civil War Era

Chapter 2: Spanish-American War and the Development of US Imperialism: 1898-1933

1. The Philippine Insurection and Birth of US Colonialism in Asia

2. The Platt Amendment and US Occupation Policies in Latin America

Section II: The World Wars: 1914-1945

Chapter 3: The US in the First World War and the Versailles Treaty: 1914-1919

1. Allied Coalition Warfare during hte First World War

2. African American Soldiers in WWI

3. Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points and the League of Nations

Chapter 4: The US and teh Interwar Years: 1919-1941

1. Age of Disengagement and Disarmament

2. US Military Planning during the Interwar Period

Chapter 5: The US in the Second World War: 1941-1945

1. Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and the Second Front in Europe

2. The US Decision to Drop Atomic Bombs on Japan

3. Wartime Issues at Home

4. American Women in WWII

Section III: Fighting the Cold War at Home and Abroad: 1945-1991

Chapter 6: The Origins and Early Development of the Cold War: 1945-1950

1. Soviet Occupation of Eastern Europe: Security or Imperialism

2. US Occupation Policy/Nation Building in Germany and Japan

3. Cold War at Home

Chapter 7: The Korean War: 1950-1953

1. US Military Unpreparedness: Task Force Smith

2. UN Coalition Warfare during the Korean Conflict

3. Nation Building in Korea, 1950-1965

Chapter 8: The Vietnam War: 1945-1975

1. US Counterinsurgency Efforts in South Vietnam

2. The American and Allied War Effort in South Vietnam: 1964-1975

3. Nation Building in Vietnam

4. The Soldier's Experience in Vietnam

Chapter 9: Clandestine Operations and the Cold War on the Periphery, 1953-1983

1. Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the CIA: Iran, Guatemala, and the Bay of Pigs

2. US Clandestine Operations in Chile, 1970-1973

3. US Troops as an INstrument in Foreign Policy

Stection IV: THe Age of Unipolarity 1991-Present

Chapter 10: Post Cold-War Conflicts

1. Operation Just Cause, 1989

2. Operation Desert Storm, 1990-1991

3. US Troops in Non-Traditional Roles: Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations

Chapter 11: September 11, 2001 and the War on Terror

1. Operation Enduring Freedom, 2001-Present

2. Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-Present

3. Bringing the War Home

Author Bio

Christos G. Frentzos is Associate Professor of History at Austin Peay State University.

Antonio S. Thompson Associate Professor of History at Austin Peay State University.

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Description: Edited by Christos Frentzos, Antonio S. Thompson. The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Military and Diplomatic History provides a comprehensive analysis of the major events, conflicts, and personalities that have defined and shaped the military history of the United States in the modern period. Each chapter...
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